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All Souls' Day in Germany

All Souls’ Day is a day of alms giving and prayers for the dead. The intent is for the living to assist those in purgatory. Many western churches annually observe All Souls’ Day on November 2 and many eastern churches celebrate it prior to Lent and the day before Pentecost.

Is All Souls' Day a Public Holiday?

While All Souls' Day is not a public holiday, it is categorized as a silent day (stiller Tag) in all or part of Germany. In some states, special restrictions may apply for certain types of activities, such as concerts or dance events. Depending on the state, businesses may follow normal or restricted opening hours, or they may be closed for the day.

Many people visit family graves on All Souls' Day.

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About All Souls' Day

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All Souls' Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2016WedNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2017ThuNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2018FriNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2019SatNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2020MonNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2021TueNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2022WedNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2023ThuNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2024SatNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2025SunNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
2026MonNov 2All Souls' DaySilent DayLower Saxony*
* Observed in some communities of Lower Saxony only.

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