German Holidays

Germany has many exciting holidays. Some are celebrated with most of the World, like Christmas and New Years, while others are celebrated only in Germany like Tag der Deutschen Einheit. Nonetheless, Germans love to celebrate, so you can rest assured that if you’re in Germany during a holiday, there will most like be some kind of exciting celebration going on.

Name of Holiday Date English Translation
Neujahr 1 January New Years Day
Heilige drei Koenige 6 January Three Kings Day (in Catholic areas)
Karfreitag Friday before Easter Good Friday
Ostersonntag First Sunday after Good Friday Easter Sunday
Ostermontag Monday after Easter Easter Monday
1. Maifeiertag 1 May German Labor Day
Christi Himmelfahrt 40 days after Easter Ascension Thursday
Pfingsten 7th Sun. and Mon. after Easter Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
Fronleichnam Thursday after Trinity Sunday Corpus Christi
Maria Himmelfahrt 15 August Assumption Day (in Bavaria and Saarland)
Tag der Deutschen Einheit 3 October German Unity Day
Allerheiligen 1 November All Saints Day (in Catholic areas)
Volkstrauertag 2 Sundays before Nov. Advent National Day of Mourning
Weihnachten 25 and 26 December Christmas
Updated: October 28, 2011 — 11:38 am
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