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Public holidays
Most of the German holidays are federally uniform, some are only celebrated locally due to a religous background.

The holidays listed below are public holidays, that means that employees have got the day off, therefore most of the shops and public services are closed.

On all holidays it is forbitten to act in a way that contradicts the day's quietness in an inappropriate way, even though there are exeptions of this, e.g. for the work in hospitals or the transport business. Offences against the law can be fined by the authorities.

On some holidays the quietness is taken even more seriously, for example it is forbidden to celebrate public parties on Good Friday and on the three "Days of mourning and rememberance" listed below.

Some holidays have consistent dates, but most holidays are movable feasts because they are celebrated on basis of the christian calendar.
  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday -2 days - Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday +1 day - Easter Monday
  • 1st May
  • Easter Sunday +39 days - Ascension Day
  • Easter Sunday +50 days - Whit Monday
  • 3rd October - German Re-unification day
  • 31st October - Reformation Day (not Germanwide)
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day
Days of rememberance and mourning
  • 8th May - Day of Rememberance for the victims of National Socialism and the end of World War II
  • second to last Sunday before advent - Day of national mourning
  • last Sunday before advent - Sunday in commemoration of the dead