This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Germany. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

April 23 Tuesday German Beer Day Observance

National beer day. On this day in 1516, the "Reinheitsgebot" or "German Beer Purity Law" came into force.

April 30 Tuesday Walpurgis Night Observance

In many countries of Western Europe this night is celebrated as spring holiday, which goes back to pre-Christian traditions.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 30 Thursday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter)

May 30 Thursday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 10 Monday Whit Monday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

October 3 Thursday Day of German Unity Public holiday

Commemorates the German reunification in 1990

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 9 Saturday Fall of the Berlin Wall Observance

Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall after 28 years of separating communist East Germany from West Berlin.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Public holiday

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Germany in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Germany. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

April 23 Tuesday German Beer Day Observance

National beer day. On this day in 1516, the "Reinheitsgebot" or "German Beer Purity Law" came into force.

April 30 Tuesday Walpurgis Night Observance

In many countries of Western Europe this night is celebrated as spring holiday, which goes back to pre-Christian traditions.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 30 Thursday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter)

May 30 Thursday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 10 Monday Whit Monday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

October 3 Thursday Day of German Unity Public holiday

Commemorates the German reunification in 1990

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 9 Saturday Fall of the Berlin Wall Observance

Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall after 28 years of separating communist East Germany from West Berlin.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Public holiday

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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