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Holidays and Observances in Germany in 2016

Holidays and Observances in Germany in 2016

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1FridayNew Year's DayNational holiday 
Jan 6WednesdayEpiphanyChristian, Common local holidayBW, BY, ST
Jan 22FridayFranco-German DayObservance 
Jan 27WednesdayRemembrance Day for the Victims of National SocialismObservance 
Jan 28ThursdayEuropean Privacy DayObservance 
Feb 8MondayShrove MondayObservance, Christian 
Feb 9TuesdayCarnival / Shrove TuesdayObservance, Christian 
Feb 10WednesdayCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
Feb 10WednesdayChildren's Hospice DayObservance 
Feb 14SundayValentine's DayObservance 
Mar 8TuesdayInternational Women's DayObservance 
Mar 17ThursdaySt. Patrick's DayObservance 
Mar 20SundayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 20SundayPalm SundayObservance, Christian 
Mar 24ThursdayMaundy ThursdaySilent Day 
Mar 25FridayGood FridaySilent Day, public holiday 
Mar 27SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Mar 27SundayEaster SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
Mar 27SundayEaster SundaySilent DayAll except BB
Mar 28MondayEaster MondayNational holiday, Christian 
Apr 23SaturdayGerman Beer DayObservance 
Apr 28ThursdayGirls' Day - Career Information DayObservance 
Apr 30SaturdayWalpurgis NightObservance 
May 1SundayMay DayNational holiday 
May 5ThursdayFather's DayObservance 
May 5ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday, Christian 
May 5ThursdayEurope Day (Council of Europe)Observance 
May 8SundayMother's DayObservance 
May 8SundayAnniversary of the End of World War IIObservance 
May 9MondayEurope Day (European Union)Observance 
May 15SundayWhit SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
May 15SundayWhit SundayObservance, ChristianAll except BB
May 16MondayWhit MondayNational holiday, Christian 
May 23MondayConstitution DayObservance 
May 26ThursdayCorpus ChristiChristian, Common local holidayBW, BY, HE, NRW, RLP, SL, SN*, TH*
Jun 1WednesdayInternational Childrens' DayObservanceB, BB, MVP, SN, ST, TH
Jun 3FridayEuropean Bicycle DayObservance 
Jun 6MondayVisually Impaired People DayObservance 
Jun 19SundayCar-free SundayObservance 
Jun 21TuesdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 25SaturdayArchitecture DayObservance 
Aug 8MondayPeace Festival in AugsburgLocal holidayBavaria**
Aug 15MondayAssumption of MaryChristian, Common local holidayBavaria*, Saarland
Sep 1ThursdayWorld Peace DayObservance 
Sep 10SaturdayGerman Language DayObservance 
Sep 11SundayEuropean Heritage DaysObservance 
Sep 20TuesdayGerman World Children's DayObservance 
Sep 22ThursdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Oct 1SaturdayGerman Food Bank DayObservance 
Oct 2SundayHarvest FestivalObservance 
Oct 3MondayDay of German UnityNational holiday 
Oct 24MondayDay of the LibrariesObservance 
Oct 28FridayWorld Thrift DayObservance 
Oct 30SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Oct 31MondayReformation DayCommon local holidayBB, MVP, SN, ST, TH
Oct 31MondayHalloweenObservance 
Nov 1TuesdayAll Saints' DaySilent Day, public holidayBW, BY, NRW, RLP, SL
Nov 9WednesdayNight of Broken Glass Remembrance DayObservance 
Nov 9WednesdayFall of the Berlin WallObservance 
Nov 11FridaySt. Martin's DayObservance, Christian 
Nov 13SundayNational Day of MourningSilent Day 
Nov 16WednesdayRepentance DayChristian, Common local holidaySaxony
Nov 20SundaySunday of the DeadSilent Day 
Nov 27SundayFirst Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 4SundaySecond Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 6TuesdaySaint Nicholas DayObservance, Christian 
Dec 11SundayThird Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 18SundayFourth Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 19MondayRemembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by GenocideObservance 
Dec 21WednesdayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24SaturdayChristmas EveSilent Day 
Dec 25SundayChristmas DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 26MondayBoxing DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 31SaturdayNew Year's EveBank holiday 

* Observed only in some communities of this state.

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