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Germany Hamburg State Adds Reformation Public Holiday

Source: Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg)
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018


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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