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Nordrhein-Westfalen 2017 Reformation Public Holiday

Source: Westdeutsche Zeitung (Düsseldorf)
Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: August 13, 2013


The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hannelore Kraft, has announced in Parliament that she was in favor of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen also declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.

The aforementioned announcement follows yesterday's announcement (2013-03-08) by a spokesperson for the SPD party of Germany's southern state of Baden-Württemberg that, following the parliamentarian call of last January (2013-01-25), a law would be passed declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses.

That call followed the recent (2013-01-10) announcement by a spokesperson for the government of Germany's state of Hessen that it would also declare Reformation Day, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Hessen.

At the end of last year (2012-12-13), the Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, had announced that Reformation Day 2017 would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

That same month, the Mayor of Germany's second largest city, and also one of Germany's full-fledged states, Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, has also announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Hamburg.

The date of October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, an event considered to herald the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Calls to restore the Reformation Day public holiday, either in specific States, or as a national public holiday, have been made repeatedly in past years (2013-01-07, 2012-11-04, 2009-11-27, 2009-03-25, 2007-11-01, and 2006-11-07).



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