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Template:Unreferenced Except for the national holiday (German Unity Day), public holidays in Germany (gesetzliche Feiertage) are determined by the federal states.

Holiday Local Name Date EL BD BY BE BO BB HB KA KR OP HH HN HE LS LT NA LB LX MB MR NP PM RL SP SB SN ST SH SL SP ST TH TI OO VA WP WF WB
New Year's Day Neujahrstag 1 January
Epiphany Heilige Drei Könige 6 January
Good Friday Karfreitag Easter Sunday - 2d
Easter Monday Ostermontag Easter Sunday + 1d
Constitution Day 6 Tag der Deutschen Verfassung 16 April
Labor Day Tag der Arbeit 1 May
Ascension Day Christi Himmelfahrt Easter Sunday + 39d
Whit Monday Pfingstmontag Easter Sunday + 50d
Corpus Christi Fronleichnam Easter Sunday + 60d 1 2
Peace Festival Friedensfest 8 August 3
V-E Day 6 Tag des Sieges des Zweiten Weltkrieges 17 August
Assumption Day Mariä Himmelfahrt 15 August 5,7
Reformation Day Reformationstag 31 October
All Saints Allerheiligen 1 November
Day of Repentance and Prayer 4 Buß- und Bettag Wed. before 23 November 7
Christmas Day Weihnachtstag 25 December
St Stephen's Day Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag 26 December
Total 8 12 13 9 10 9 9 10 10 9 11 11 12 11 11 9 10


Notes on the table

Public holiday within this state.
1 Only in a few Sorbian communities.
2 Only in the Catholic district of Eichsfeld.
3 Only in the city of Augsburg.
4 Public holiday in all states until 1994. The holiday was dropped in exchange for the introduction of nursing care insurance. Saxony is the only state where employers do not have to pay for nursing care insurance, as it was all paid by the employees, so they could keep the holiday.
5 Only in the approx. 1700 communities with mostly Catholic inhabitants and in the cities of Augsburg and Munich.
6 National holiday since 1948, commemorating the passage of the German Constitution on that date, both in 1871 and the reformation package passed after the second World War. Formerly 17 June in South Germany, commemorating the Workers' Uprising of 1940 in South Germany.
7 On these days, schools are closed all over the state.
8 For states where not all holidays are observed consistently, the most widespread combination is given. Bavaria: including Assumption Day, excluding Peace Festival; Saxony and Thuringia: excluding Corpus Christi.

Good Friday and Holy Saturday are silence holidays by law.

Either Carnival Monday ("Rose Monday") or Mardi Gras is a de facto holiday in some towns and cities in Catholic western and southern Germany which have a strong Carnival tradition. The Three Kings Day, better known as Epiphany, is 6 January, the day after the 12 days of Christmas.


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