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Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony

Source: Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hannover)
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018


The State Chancellery of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has 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.

Late last month (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), in 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).

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), while 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).

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.


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