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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

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Repentance Day Repentance Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Sunday of the Dead (Totensonntag) Sunday of the Dead Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Advent Advent Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Epiphany - Three Kings Day Epiphany Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Candlemas Candlemas Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Valentine's Day Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Mothers' Day Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Ascension Day Ascension Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Whit (Pentecost) Monday Whit Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Peace Festival Peace Festival Local State, Region, Territory
Assumption Day Assumption of Mary Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
National Day German Unity Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Independence Day German Unity Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Union Day / Unity Day / Unification Day German Unity Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Reformation Day Reformation Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
St. Martin's Day St. Martin's Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs