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Germany Adds Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony

Source: Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hannover)
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018


The regional parliament of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has approved the bill from the Ministry of the Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony.

Last March (2018-03-07), the State Chancellery of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) had announced that the Cabinet has approved a draft bill from the Ministry of Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony.

Lower Saxony's Prime Minister, Stephan Weil (SPD), had announced that he would support the declaration of Reformation Day as an annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony, if he won last year's, October 15, regional election (2017-09-23).

Churches, trade unions and business associations will now have a chance to comment on the cabinet decision to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony, and a final vote in the State's Landtag is not expected before May.

Recently (2018-03-01), the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State voted on a new October 31 annual public holiday, with effect in 2018, and approved it by a vote of 66 out of 116 votes cast (the issue was not whether to add a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, but which date it should be), a process begun last autumn (2018-02-15, 2018-01-29 and 2017-09-30), while Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein also voted the addition of Reformation Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (2018-02-23 and2017-01-25).


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