Source: Radio Bremen (Bremen)
By a large majority, the Government of Germany's State of Bremen has approved the CDU proposal to declare Reformation Day in Bremen as a new public holiday on October 31, henceforth.
A little over a year ago (27-Mar-2017), at its 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 (18-Feb-2017).
At that time the SPD motion did not specify which additional public holiday this could be, though Reformation Day on October 31, and the end of WW2 on May 8, were mentioned as possibilities. One argument being made in favor of October 31, was 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 kφnne nicht sein, dass die Bremer freihaben und in Niedersachsen in die Einkaufszentren gingen"). With yesterday's vote in Lower Saxony, this is now the case (13-Jun-2018).
Germany's states of Schleswig-Holstein (23-Feb-2018 and 25-Jan-2017) and Hamburg (01-Mar-2018, 15-Feb-2018, 29-Jan-2018), have also recently voted the addition of Reformation Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.
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