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Carnival/Ash Wednesday in Germany

Ash Wednesday is known as the first day of Lent for many Christians worldwide. It is the beginning of the Lenten fast. The Lenten fast lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday.

Is Carnival/Ash Wednesday a Public Holiday?

Carnival/Ash Wednesday is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Ash is an important symbol of Ash Wednesday in many Christian churches.
Ash is an important symbol of Ash Wednesday in many Christian churches.
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About Carnival/Ash Wednesday

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Carnival/Ash Wednesday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010WedFeb 17Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2011WedMar 9Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2012WedFeb 22Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2013WedFeb 13Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2014WedMar 5Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2015WedFeb 18Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2016WedFeb 10Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2017WedMar 1Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2018WedFeb 14Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2019WedMar 6Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
2020WedFeb 26Carnival/Ash WednesdaySilent Day 

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