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Holidays & Observances in Germany

Germany is a central European country. Though it has a rocky past, present day Germany is a highly prosperous country with the fourth best economy in the world. The cultural element that Germans are probably most proud of is their roster of great thinkers. Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Marx, and Albert Einstein are just a few on a long list of German figures. Christianity is the most popular religion in Germany and its holidays are very important. Germany celebrates holidays with food, drink, and colorful traditions completely unique to Germany. Though most holidays are festive events, Germans take their mourning days seriously. On many mourning days festivities and music are prohibited.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Candlemas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Arbor Day - Germany Noteworthy & Common
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
German Unity Day Public
German Unity Day Public
German Unity Day Public
Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
Reformation Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Protestant
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
St. Martin's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Repentance Day Religious/Beliefs, Local State, Region, Territory Christianity
Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity