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Berlin 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Update

Source: Berliner Morgenpost (Berlin)
Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: October 8, 2015


The SPD and CDU coalition partners of Germany's state (Land) of Berlin, has announced a bill that would also 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.

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 (2014-09-16, 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).

According to our running tally of the various regional announcements of the past 2 years, the only German Land which has not announced its intention of 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, is Niedersachsen.



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