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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state’s calendar.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day National
6 JanFriEpiphany BW, BY & ST
14 AprFriGood Friday National
16 AprSunEaster Sunday BB
17 AprMonEaster Monday National
1 MayMonLabour Day National
25 MayThuAscension Day National
4 JunSunWhit Sunday BB
5 JunMonWhit Monday National
15 JunThuCorpus Christi BW, BY, HE, NW, RP, SL,
15 AugTueAssumption Day BY & SL
3 OctTueDay of German Unity National
31 OctTueReformation Day BB, MV, SN, ST & TH
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day BW, BY, NW, RP & SL
15 NovWedRepentance Day SN
25 DecMonChristmas Day National
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas National

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BavariaNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Lower SaxonyThuringia

Public holidays in Germany are determined by each federal state such that, for instance, Repentance Day is only a holiday in Saxony and Assumption Day is only celebrated in the states of Bavaria and Saarland. The exception to this rule is the Day of German Unity, which is a federally mandated public holiday marked on October 3 each year.

Of course, many public holidays are celebrated in every state, making them de facto national holidays as well. Each public holiday in Germany is marked with special events related to the religious or cultural event they commemorate.

While many Germans take part in these events, public holidays today are an opportunity to rest, relax and enjoy. And when a Friday or Monday holiday creates a long weekend, it’s guaranteed that families and individuals will make the most of the opportunity to travel – particularly in the summertime!