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Repentance Day

Repentance Day 2018 and 2019

One of Germany’s lesser-known, but still appreciated holidays is known as Repentance Day. Traditionally, it falls eleven days before Advent begin and is a public holiday in Saxony.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
201821 NovWedRepentance Day SN
201920 NovWedRepentance Day SN
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Repentance Day began in 1878 in the state of Saxony, and the state remains the main place where it is most celebrated. As the name suggests, Repentance Day is a time of quiet reflection, prayer, and seeking of forgiveness for wrongdoing.

The ways in which Repentance Day is observed can vary from region to region and house to house. Many Protestants may attend church but may also take the opportunity for a day of rest and reflection in their own homes. It is also possible that regional, state, and national sins might be repented of on this day.