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Bremen Public Holidays Extension Update

Source: Radio Bremen (Bremen)
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017
Most recent follow-up news item: June 14, 2018

At its recent regional party convention, the majority of the SPD voted for the addition of one annual non-working public holiday to the list of annual non-working public holidays in Germany's State of Bremen, a position supported by their Green coalition partner, and independently in the past by the opposition CDU.

Already, last month (2017-02-18), we had reported on how the major parties of the German City-State of Bremen, the CDU and SPD, were in discussions about the possibility of making Reformation Day, on October 31, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's City-State of Bremen.

The SPD motion does not specify which additional public holiday this could be, though Reformation Day on October 31, and the end of WW2 on May 8, are mentioned as possibilities. Arguments against October 31 include the fact that, already, six of the eight public holidays in Bremen State have a religious origin. Another factor being mentioned is that this new public holiday should also be a public holiday in the neighboring, and much larger, Lower Saxony State, to avoid Bremeners using they extra day off to go spend money in Lower Saxony shopping centers ("Denn es könne nicht sein, dass die Bremer freihaben und in Niedersachsen in die Einkaufszentren gingen").

Four years ago (2013-05-15), the Mayor of the City of Bremen, which is also one of Germany's full-fledged states, was one of the first to announce that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Bremen to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses, an initiative which gained momentum over the subsequent years (2015-10-08, 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), and eventually led to the list of 2017 bank holidays in Germany, including a one-off national public holiday for Reformation Day, on October 31, 2017.

The Minister of Economics (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's nearby state of Schleswig-Holstein, the first German State to actually declare Reformation Day, on October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (2012-11-04), has also announced that he was in favour of adding Reformation Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (2017-01-25).

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