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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.


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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Reformation Day Reformation Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Protestant
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
St. Martin's Day St. Martin's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Advent Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Epiphany Epiphany - Three Kings Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Candlemas Candlemas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Arbor Day - Germany Arbor Day / Plant a Tree Day Noteworthy & Common
Labour Day / May Day Labour Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity