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Sunday of the Dead in Germany

Quick Facts

The Sunday of the Dead in Germany is an occasion to remember those who have passed away.

Local names

NameLanguage
TotensonntagGerman
Sunday of the DeadEnglish

Alternative names

NameLanguage
EwigkeitssonntagGerman
Eternity SundayEnglish

Sunday of the Dead 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday of the Dead 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Sunday of the Dead (Totensonntag) is a religious holiday in the German Evangelical Church dedicated to the memory of those who have passed away. Like the National Day of Mourning, it is a “silent day” - this means that in some regions of Germany music or dance events are prohibited.

Remembering a loved one who has passed away.

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What do people do?

Many Germans visit the graves of loves ones who have passed away. Services are held in many Lutheran churches.

Public life

The Totensonntag is a so-called “silent day” (stiller Tag). In some German states music or dance events are prohibited by law. Like on any other Sunday, offices, banks and schools are closed. Public transport usually runs on a normal Sunday schedule.

Background

The Sunday of the Dead was initiated in 1816 by Frederick William III of Prussia.

Sunday of the Dead Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunNov 251990Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 241991Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 221992Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 211993Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 201994Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 261995Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 241996Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 231997Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 221998Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 211999Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 262000Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 252001Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 242002Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 232003Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 212004Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 202005Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 262006Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 252007Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 232008Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 222009Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 212010Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 202011Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 252012Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 242013Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 232014Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 222015Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 202016Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 262017Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 252018Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 242019Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 
SunNov 222020Sunday of the DeadSilent Day 

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