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Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Bremen Extension

Source: Radio Bremen (Bremen)
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017

The major parties of the German City-State of Bremen, the CDU and SPD, are 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 list of 2017 bank holidays in Germany, includes a one-off national public holiday for Reformation Day, on October 31, 2017, following a few of years of piecemeal declaration of October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday, by each German Land (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).

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.

Lat month (2017-01-25), the Minister of Economics (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, the first German State to declare Reformation Day, on October 31, 2017, as a one-off nationwide public holiday (2012-11-04), 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, after the 2017 exception whereby October 31, 2017, was declared a one-off national non-working public holiday in Germany.

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