German Culture

Dates of Significance

The following days are public holidays or dates of significance in Germany:

  • New Year’s Day – Neujahrstag (1st of January)
  • Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism (27th of January)
  • Valentine’s Day – Valentinstag  (14th of February)
  • Rose Monday/Shrove Monday – Rosenmontag (Monday before Ash Wednesday)
  • Carnival – Fastnacht/Fasching/Fasenach (Day after Rose Monday)
  • Ash Wednesday/End of Carnival – Aschermittwoch/End of Karneval (Varies each year)
  • Walpurgis Night (30th of April)
  • May Day/Labour Day – Tag der Arbeit (1st of May)
  • Father’s Day – Vatertag/Männertag (Varies of year)
  • Mother’s Day – Muttertag (Varies of year)
  • German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit (3rd of October)
  • Remembrance Day – Volkstrauertag (Two Sundays before the 1st Advent)
  • New Year’s Eve – Sylvester/Silvester (31st of December)


The following dates are Christian holidays or observances in Germany:

  • Epiphany – Heilige Drei Könige (6th of January)
  • Easter – Ostern (Varies each year)
    • Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday –Gründonnerstag 
    • Good Friday – Karfreitag 
    • Easter Sunday – Ostersonntag 
    • Easter Monday – Ostermontag
  • Ascension – Christi Himmelfahrt (Varies each year)
  • Pentecost – Pfingsten (Pfingstsonntag) (Varies each year)
  • Whit Monday – Pfingsten (Pfingstmontag) (Varies each year)
  • Corpus Christi – Fronleichnam (Varies each year)
  • Assumption of Mary – Maria Himmelfahrt (Varies each year)
  • Harvest Festival – Erntedankfest (1st Sunday in October)
  • Reformation Day – Reformationstag (31st of October)
  • All Saints Day – Allerheiligen (1st of November)
  • All Souls’ Day – Allerseelen (2nd of November)
  • St. Martin’s Day (11th of November)
  • Immaculate Conception – Maria Empfängnis (2nd Saturday before the 2nd Advent)
  • Sunday of the Dead –Totensonntag (Sunday before the 1st Advent)
  • 1st Advent (1st Sunday in December)
  • St. Nicholas Day – Nikolaus (6th of December)
  • 2nd Advent (2nd Sunday in December)
  • 3rd Advent (3rd Sunday in December)
  • 4th Advent (4th Sunday in December)
  • Christmas Eve – Heiliger Abend/Heiligabend (24th of December)
  • Christmas Day – Weihnachtstag (25th of December)
  • St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day – Zweiter Weihnachtstag (26th of December)
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