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Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update

Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung (Stuttgart)
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Minister President of Germany's southern state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, has given his approval to a bill that would declare 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.

Last year (2013-03-08), a spokesperson for the SPD party of Germany's southern state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg had confirmed that 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 on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.

Over the past couple of years, many German states (Länder) have announced that they would, or intended to, declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (2013-12-12, 2013-08-13, 2013-06-04, 2013-05-17, 2013-05-15, 2013-05-01, 2013-03-14, 2013-03-08, 2013-01-25, 2013-01-10, 2012-12-13), while 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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