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Holidays and Observances in Germany in 2017

Holidays and Observances in Germany in 2017

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1SundayNew Year's DayNational holiday 
Jan 6FridayEpiphanyCommon local holidayBW, BY, ST
Jan 6FridayEpiphanyObservance, ChristianNDS*, SN, TH
Jan 22SundayFranco-German DayObservance 
Jan 27FridayRemembrance Day for the Victims of National SocialismObservance 
Feb 14TuesdayValentine's DayObservance 
Feb 27MondayShrove MondayObservance 
Feb 28TuesdayCarnival TuesdayObservance 
Mar 1WednesdayCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
Mar 8WednesdayInternational Women's DayObservance 
Mar 17FridaySt. Patrick's DayObservance, Christian 
Mar 18SaturdayAnniversary of the March RevolutionObservanceBerlin
Mar 20MondayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 26SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 9SundayPalm SundayObservance, Christian 
Apr 11TuesdayFirst Day of PassoverObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Apr 12WednesdaySecond Day of PassoverObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Apr 13ThursdayMaundy ThursdaySilent DayBY, HE, NRW, RLP, SL
Apr 13ThursdayMaundy ThursdayObservance, ChristianAll except BY, HE, NRW, RLP, SL
Apr 14FridayGood FridayNational holiday, Christian 
Apr 15SaturdayHoly SaturdaySilent DayBY, HE, NDS, RLP, SL
Apr 16SundayEaster SundayObservance, ChristianAll except BB
Apr 16SundayEaster SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
Apr 16SundaySixth Day of PassoverObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Apr 17MondayEaster MondayNational holiday, Christian 
Apr 17MondaySeventh Day of PassoverObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Apr 23SundayGerman Beer DayObservance 
Apr 27ThursdayGirls' Day / Boys' DayObservance 
Apr 30SundayWalpurgis NightObservance 
May 1MondayMay DayNational holiday 
May 5FridayEurope Day (Council of Europe)Observance 
May 8MondayAnniversary of the End of World War IIObservanceB, BB, HB, MVP, TH
May 9TuesdayEurope Day (European Union)Observance 
May 14SundayMother's DayObservance 
May 23TuesdayConstitution DayObservance 
May 25ThursdayFather's DayObservance 
May 25ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday, Christian 
May 31WednesdayFirst Day of ShavuotObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Jun 1ThursdayInternational Childrens' DayObservance 
Jun 1ThursdaySecond Day of ShavuotObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Jun 3SaturdayEuropean Bicycle DayObservance 
Jun 4SundayWhit SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
Jun 4SundayWhit SundayObservance, ChristianAll except BB
Jun 5MondayWhit MondayNational holiday, Christian 
Jun 15ThursdayCorpus ChristiChristian, Common local holidayBW, BY, HE, NRW, RLP, SL, SN*, TH*
Jun 17SaturdayRemembrance of the Victims of SED InjusticeObservanceBerlin, Thuringia
Jun 18SundayCar-free SundayObservance 
Jun 21WednesdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 24SaturdaySt. JohnObservance, ChristianSaxony
Jun 24SaturdayArchitecture DayObservance 
Jun 26MondayEid ul FitrObservance, MuslimBremen, Hamburg
Jun 29ThursdaySt Peter and PaulObservance, ChristianSaxony
Aug 8TuesdayPeace Festival in AugsburgLocal holidayBavaria**
Aug 15TuesdayAssumption of MaryChristian, Common local holidayBavaria*, Saarland
Aug 15TuesdayAssumption of MaryObservance, ChristianSaxony, Thuringia
Sep 1FridayAnti War DayObservance 
Sep 2SaturdayEid al-AdhaObservance, MuslimBremen, Hamburg
Sep 9SaturdayGerman Language DayObservance 
Sep 10SundayEuropean Heritage DaysObservance 
Sep 16SaturdayGerman Food Bank DayObservance 
Sep 20WednesdayGerman World Children's DayObservance 
Sep 21ThursdayRosh HashanaObservance, HebrewBY, HB, NRW, SL
Sep 22FridaySecond Day of Rosh HashanaObservance, HebrewBY, HB, NRW, SL
Sep 22FridaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Sep 30SaturdayYom KippurObservance, HebrewBY, HB, NRW, SL
Oct 1SundayHarvest FestivalObservance 
Oct 1SundayAshuraObservance, MuslimBremen, Hamburg
Oct 3TuesdayDay of German UnityNational holiday 
Oct 5ThursdayFirst day of SukkotObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Oct 6FridaySecond Day of SukkotObservance, HebrewBY, HB, SL
Oct 10TuesdaySixth Day of SukkotObservance, HebrewBavaria
Oct 11WednesdaySeventh Day of SukkotObservance, HebrewBavaria
Oct 12ThursdayShemini AtzeretObservance, HebrewBremen, Saarland
Oct 13FridaySimchat TorahObservance, HebrewBremen
Oct 29SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Oct 30MondayWorld Thrift DayObservance 
Oct 31TuesdayReformation DayNational holiday 
Oct 31TuesdayHalloweenObservance 
Nov 1WednesdayAll Saints' DayObservance, ChristianHB, NDS*, SN, TH
Nov 1WednesdayAll Saints' DaySilent Day, public holidayBW, BY, NRW, RLP, SL
Nov 2ThursdayAll Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
Nov 9ThursdayNight of Broken Glass Remembrance DayObservance 
Nov 9Thursday9th of NovemberObservanceBerlin
Nov 9ThursdayFall of the Berlin WallObservance 
Nov 11SaturdaySt. Martin's DayObservance, Christian 
Nov 19SundayNational Day of MourningSilent Day 
Nov 22WednesdayRepentance DayChristian, Common local holidaySaxony
Nov 22WednesdayRepentance DayObservance, ChristianBW, HE, NDS, RLP, TH
Nov 22WednesdayRepentance DaySilent DayBY, SL, SN
Nov 26SundaySunday of the DeadSilent Day 
Dec 3SundayFirst Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 6WednesdaySaint Nicholas DayObservance, Christian 
Dec 8FridayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionObservance, ChristianSaxony
Dec 10SundaySecond Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 17SundayThird Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 19TuesdayRemembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by GenocideObservance 
Dec 21ThursdayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24SundayFourth Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 24SundayChristmas EveSilent Day 
Dec 25MondayChristmas DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 31SundayNew Year's EveBank holiday 

* Observed only in some communities of this state.

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