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Easter Monday in Germany

Easter Monday (Ostermontag) is an annual public holiday in Germany that follows Easter Sunday, which remembers Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief. It is observed with various local customs. These include early morning candle-lit parades, walks in the countryside and egg races.

The customs on egg races vary during Easter time in Germany.
The customs on egg races vary during Easter time in Germany.
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What Do People Do?

People in some areas, especially southern Germany, go out for a candle-lit parade (Emmausgang) early in the morning to remember the walks that Jesus made after his crucifixion and resurrection. The parades end with a church service. People who do not join the parade may travel to the countryside for a walk and to enjoy the spring surroundings later in the day. Processions or walks through fields of winter crops may be held in rural areas to mark the symbolic end of the winter and the start of the spring.

Egg races (Eierlauf) are held in some villages. The customs on egg races vary. Some are children's events where children race with eggs (or potatoes) on spoons. The children run to the finish line as quickly as possible with the egg still on the spoon. Other events are for young men to prove their readiness to marry. These eggs are rolled down hills and the men chase after them. The winner is the man who gets to the bottom of the hill first.

Public Life

Easter Monday is a public holiday in all German states. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. However, some tourist stores may be open and stores at railway stations, airports and along highways are usually open. There are some restrictions on selling alcohol, public performances and dancing. Public transport services may run as usual, a reduced service or no service depending on where one lives or wants to travel.


The church celebrations of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost traditionally lasted for a whole week. Now, many modern communities celebrate these holidays as single days. The public holiday on Easter Monday served to enable working people to attend the church services.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonApr 52010Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 252011Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 92012Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 12013Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 212014Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 62015Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonMar 282016Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 172017Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 22018Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 222019Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 
MonApr 132020Easter MondayNational holiday, Christian 

Quick Facts

Many people in Germany annually observe Easter Monday on the day after Easter Sunday. It is a public holiday in all states.

Easter Monday 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Monday 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019


Name in other languages

Easter MondayEnglish
Annen påskedagNorwegian

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in April 2019 in Germany

United Nation Holiday on April 2, 2019

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