Germany Public Holidays 2023


 
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A preview of the Germany bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2023, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Germany Public Holidays in 2023 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Fri Epiphany (BW BY ST) Regional
Mar.    Wed International Women's Day (BE) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Sun Easter Sunday (BB) Regional
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Mon Labour Day
        Thu Ascension Day
        Sun Whit Sunday (BB) Regional
        Mon Whit Monday
June    Thu Corpus Christi (BW BY HE NW RP SL SN* TH*) Regional
Aug.    Tue Assumption Day (BY* SL) Regional
Sep.    Wed World Children's Day (TH) Regional
Oct.    Tue German Unity Day
        Tue Reformation Day (BB HB HH MV NI SH SN ST TH) Regional
Nov.    Wed All Saints' Day (BW BY NW RP SL) Regional
        Wed Repentance Day (SN) Regional
Dec.    Mon Christmas Day
        Tue Second Day of Christmas
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

11 Dec 2018 Germany Amends 2019 and 2020 Berlin Public Holidays (Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) The Governing "Die Linke/Die Grünen" coalition of Germany's city-state of Berlin, has begun the legislative process which, barring any surprises, will make Women's Day on March 8 a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's city-state of Berlin.  21 Nov 2018 Germany Opts for March 8 Berlin New Public Holiday (Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) The Governing "Die Linke/Die Grünen" coalition of Germany's city-state of Berlin, seems to finally have agreed on March 8 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's city-state of Berlin.  20 Sep 2018 Germany Mulls September 20 Thuringia Public Holiday (Thüringer Allgemeine-Erfurt) The SPD and Green government groups of Germany's state of Thuringia have submitted a bill to make World Children's Day, on September 20, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's state of Thuringia, beginning in 2019.  16 Jul 2018 Germany Narrowing Down Berlin New Public Holiday Date (Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) The Governing Mayor of Germany's city-state of Berlin, Michael Müller, has finally announced his preferred date, as March 18, for the new annual public holiday to be declared in Germany's city-state of Berlin.  14 Jun 2018 Germany Adds Bremen Reformation Public Holiday (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.  13 Jun 2018 Germany Adds Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony (Norddeutscher Rundfunk-Hannover) 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.  07 Mar 2018 Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony (Norddeutscher Rundfunk-Hannover) 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.  01 Mar 2018 Germany Hamburg State Adds Reformation Public Holiday (Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) 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).  23 Feb 2018 Germany Votes New Schleswig-Holstein Public Holiday (Lübecker Nachrichten-Lübeck) The Parliament of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, has voted by a large margin with only some abstentions, the addition of the October 31, Reformation Day, as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, after the 2017 exception whereby October 31, 2017, was declared a one-off national non-working public holiday in Germany.  15 Feb 2018 Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Vote Update (Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) The vote in the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State, on a new annual public holiday with effect in 2018, has been brought forward and will now take place on February 28, with 66 MPs from the CDU, SPD and Greens, out of a total of 121, having indicated they would vote for.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Germany public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

German States (for regional holidays):  BW=Baden-Württemberg, BY=Bayern, BE=Berlin, BB=Brandenburg, HB=Hansestadt Bremen, HH=Hansestadt Hamburg, HE=Hessen, MV=Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NI=Niedersachsen, NW=Nordrhein-Westfalen, RP=Rheinland-Pfalz, SL=Saarland, SN=Sachsen, ST=Sachsen-Anhalt, SH=Schleswig-Holstein, TH=Thüringen.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example).  With the exception of Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, and Labour Day, public holidays are all optional and it is left to the discretion of each region as to which holidays it will allow.  Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are not official public holidays but many take them off; they are however bank holidays.  Carnival Rose Monday (The Monday before Ash Wednesday): Cologne and Rhine region.  Epiphany: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt.  Corpus Christi: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and some localities in Saxony and Thuringia.  Assumption Day: Saarland, and in Bavarian communities with mostly Catholic populations.  Reformation Day: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and some localities in Thuringia.  All Saints' Day: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland.  Repentance Day: Saxony only. It was one of the national public holidays until 1994.  Germany International Codes DE and DEU (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .de (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Germany information and news: Deutsche Bundesbank (Germany central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Germany maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Germany), and Wikipedia (includes Germany commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Germany, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2023 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Germany, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Germany, before planning any trip to Germany. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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