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Sunday of the Dead in Germany

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.
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 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 

Quick Facts

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

Sunday of the Dead 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday of the Dead 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
TotensonntagGerman
Sunday of the DeadEnglish
De dødes søndagNorwegian

Alternative names

NameLanguage
EwigkeitssonntagGerman
Eternity SundayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in November 2016 in Germany

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