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Yesterday, as scheduled, 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).
Early this year (2018-01-29), we had reported that the leaders of the coalition government groups, Andreas Dressel (SPD) and Anjes Tjarks (Greens), of Germany's Hamburg State had announced that a vote on a new annual public holiday, to take effect in 2018, would occur in the spring, though it was later brought forward (2018-02-15).
Last autumn (2017-09-30), we had reported that the CDU Group of Germany's Hamburg State had submitted a motion to the Bürgerschaftskanzlei to have Reformation Day of October 31st, declared a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, a continuation of what happened 6 years ago (2012-12-13), when the then Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, had announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Hamburg, the first German State to do so (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).
Neighboring States are also considering an extension to their official list of annual public holidays.
Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein recently 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).
The German State of Bremen has also been moving towards the declaration of October 31st as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Bremen (2017-03-27 and 2017-02-18), as well as Lower Saxony whose Prime Minister, Stephan Weil (SPD), 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 the October 15, regional election (2017-09-23).
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- 2019-03-01: Germany Adds September 20 Public Holiday
- 2018-09-20: Germany Mulls September 20 Thuringia Public Holiday
- 2018-06-14: Germany Adds Bremen Reformation Public Holiday
- 2018-06-13: Germany Adds Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony
- 2018-03-07: Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony
- 2018-02-23: Germany Votes New Schleswig-Holstein Public Holiday
- 2018-02-15: Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Vote Update
- 2018-01-29: Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Spring Vote
- 2017-09-30: Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Extension In Hamburg State
- 2017-09-23: Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Extension In Hamburg State
- 2017-03-27: Germany Bremen Public Holidays Extension Update
- 2017-02-18: Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Bremen Extension
- 2017-01-25: Germany Mulls Schleswig-Holstein Public Holiday Extension
- 2015-10-08: Germany 2017 BE Reformation Public Holiday
- 2014-09-16: Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update
- 2013-12-12: Germany 2017 Bavarian Reformation Public Holiday
- 2013-08-13: Germany 2017 NRW Reformation Public Holiday Update
- 2013-06-04: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Saarland
- 2013-05-17: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Niedersachsen
- 2013-05-15: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Bremen State
- 2013-05-01: Germany 2017 HH Reformation Public Holiday
- 2013-03-14: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Rheinland-Pfalz
- 2013-03-08: Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update
- 2013-01-25: Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday
- 2013-01-10: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Hessen
- 2012-12-13: Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Extended