Public holidays in Germany 2021-2025In the Christian world, most holidays are based on Easter or Christmas. But also in other countries far away from home there are enough reasons to celebrate.
Not all holidays are prescribed by law - and those that are do not mean a day off in all parts of Germany. Rather, it often depends on the respective parts of the country whether the holiday is also a day off. In most industries, for example, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are half a day off. Neither of these are public holidays.
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Non-movable holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan, 1st||New Year's Day|
|May, 1st||Labor Day|
|Aug, 8th||Peace festival (only Augsburg)|
|Aug, 15th||Assumption Day|
|Oct, 3rd||Day of German Unity|
|Oct, 31st||Reformation's Day|
|Nov, 1st||All Saints' Day|
|Nov, 2nd||All Souls' Day|
|Dec, 8th||Immaculate conception|
|Dec, 24th||Christmas Eve|
|Dec, 25th||Christmas Day|
|Dec, 26th||Boxing Day|
|Dec, 31st||New Year's Eve|
Moving Holidays in Germany
|Womens Carnival Day||Feb, 11th||Feb, 24th||Feb, 16th||Feb, 8th||Feb, 27th|
|Green Monday||Feb, 15th||Feb, 28th||Feb, 20th||Feb, 12th||Mar, 3rd|
|Ash Wednesday||Feb, 17th||Mar, 2nd||Feb, 22nd||Feb, 14th||Mar, 5th|
|Maundy Thursday||Apr, 1st||Apr, 14th||Apr, 6th||Mar, 28th||Apr, 17th|
|Good Friday||Apr, 2nd||Apr, 15th||Apr, 7th||Mar, 29th||Apr, 18th|
|Holy Saturday||Apr, 3rd||Apr, 16th||Apr, 8th||Mar, 30th||Apr, 19th|
|Easter Sunday||Apr, 4th||Apr, 17th||Apr, 9th||Mar, 31st||Apr, 20th|
|Easter Monday||Apr, 5th||Apr, 18th||Apr, 10th||Apr, 1st||Apr, 21st|
|Mother's Day||May, 9th||May, 8th||May, 14th||May, 12th||May, 11th|
|Ascension of Christ||May, 13th||May, 26th||May, 18th||May, 9th||May, 29th|
|Father's Day||May, 13th||May, 26th||May, 18th||May, 9th||May, 29th|
|Whit Sunday||May, 23rd||Jun, 5th||May, 28th||May, 19th||Jun, 8th|
|Whit Monday||May, 24th||Jun, 6th||May, 29th||May, 20th||Jun, 9th|
|Corpus Christi||Jun, 3rd||Jun, 16th||Jun, 8th||May, 30th||Jun, 19th|
|Remembrance Day||Nov, 14th||Nov, 13th||Nov, 19th||Nov, 17th||Nov, 16th|
|Day of Prayer and Repentance||Nov, 17th||Nov, 16th||Nov, 22nd||Nov, 20th||Nov, 19th|
|Sunday in commemoration of the dead||Nov, 21st||Nov, 20th||Nov, 26th||Nov, 24th||Nov, 23rd|
Christmas on 24 DecemberGermany is one of the few countries whose main Christmas day is not December 25th, but the 24th. In ancient times one day ended with sunset, so that from a historical point of view "Christmas Eve" actually belongs to the next day. In Germany as well as in some other countries (e.g. Switzerland, Austria, Argentina, Hungary and Scandinavia) the giving of presents takes place on this evening. In the English speaking countries this happens one day later on Boxing Day.
Catholic special regulationsGermany is a country with an enormously high percentage of Christian population. Protestants and Catholics have comparable shares of just under 30% each. In order not to deprive Catholics of their important holidays, numerous special regulations for individual holidays have been established. For example, the Day of Prayer and Repentance and also the Assumption of the Virgin Mary are school holidays in all of Bavaria, but they are only public holidays in a few communities. Corpus Christi is a public holiday only in some communities of Thuringia and Saxony. All Saints' Day also plays hardly any special role in the calendar of the northern and eastern federal states.
Conversely, Reformation Day on October 31 is only free by law in the predominantly Protestant states. The bottom line is that there are more holidays in Catholic areas than in the predominantly Protestant ones.