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Easter Day in Germany

Quick Facts

Easter Sunday is a holiday in Germany to celebrate the Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible.

Local names

NameLanguage
OstersonntagGerman
Easter DayEnglish

Easter Day 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Day 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015
List of dates for other years

Easter Sunday (Ostersonntag) in Germany annually celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection after his crucifixion on Good Friday, according to the Christian Bible. People mark the day by attending special church services, giving gifts and sharing festive meals with family members.

Eggs and hares are among the symbols of Easter.

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What do people do?

Many people attend a special church service on Easter Sunday.  The church services generally have a celebratory mood and churches are decorated with a range of spring flowers. Some communities hold an Easter breakfast or lunch after the church service.

Many people prepare a festive breakfast, lunch or evening meal on Easter Sunday. Popular treats are: 

Many people give and receive Easter eggs and Easter hares on Easter Sunday. Children are often told that the Easter hare brings and hides Easter eggs.  Many families, communities and businesses organize Easter egg hunts occur on Easter Sunday or Easter Monday. Many Easter eggs are made of chocolate or candy. Boiled eggs are painted or dyed with food coloring and decorative eggs are made of plastic, fabric or wood. 

People in some areas of Germany, particularly in northern parts, light Easter fires late in the evening of Holy Saturday. Some people stay up all night. They keep the Easter fires burning all night until dawn on Easter Sunday.

Public life

Public life on Easter Sunday in Germany is generally very similar to that on other Sundays. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. However, some tourist stores may be open and stores at railway stations, airports and along highways are usually open.

There are some restrictions on selling alcohol, public performances and dancing. Public transport services usually run to the normal Sunday timetable but there may be some local variations.

Background

Easter Sunday remembers the day Jesus Christ was resurrected, according to the New Testament in the Christian Bible. It is Christian belief that Jesus is the son of God. He was born around 7–2 BCE and died by crucifixion around 26–36 CE. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death, according to the Bible. Easter today is celebrated in countries such as Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Symbols

Spring flowers, eggs, chickens, hares and lambs are important Easter symbols. They symbolize the natural world's rebirth after the darkness of winter and Jesus' resurrection after his crucifixion. Lambs also symbolize the sacrifice of Jesus, God's only son.

Germany is in the northern hemisphere so Easter fires are a useful way of getting rid of dead plant material from garden and farms before the growing season begins again. In the pre-Christian Germanic tradition, they also symbolize the return of life and growth in the spring. For Christians, they may symbolize the destruction of Jesus on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

About Easter Day in other countries

Read more about Easter Day.

Easter Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunApr 151990Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 311991Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 191992Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 111993Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 31994Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 161995Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 71996Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 301997Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 121998Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 41999Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 232000Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 152001Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 312002Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 202003Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 112004Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 272005Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 162006Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 82007Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 232008Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 122009Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 42010Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 242011Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 82012Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 312013Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 202014Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 52015Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunMar 272016Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 162017Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 12018Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 212019Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg
SunApr 122020Easter DaySilent DayBrandenburg

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