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Holidays Germany 2021

Holidays 2021 in Germany


January - April 2021

public holiday (nationwide) | long weekend
regional holiday | long weekend
public holiday (nationwide) | long weekend
public holiday (nationwide)
public holiday (nationwide) | long weekend

May 2021

public holiday (nationwide)
public holiday (nationwide) | Bridging day (fr)
public holiday (nationwide)
public holiday (nationwide) | long weekend

June 2021

regional holiday | Bridging day (fri)

August 2021

September 2021

regional holiday | long weekend

October 2021

public holiday (nationwide)

November 2021

regional holiday | long weekend

December 2021

public holiday (nationwide)
public holiday (nationwide)

How many public holidays are there in Germany?

There are 11 national holidays in Germany in 2021. Four of them fall on a Sunday, two on a Monday, one on a Thursday, two on a Friday and two on a Saturday.

Holidays on Sunday4
Holidays on Monday2
Holidays on Thursday1
Holidays on Friday2
Holidays on Saturday2
Total number of public holidays11

There are also many regional festivals in Germany. The 9 most important regional non-working days can be found in the table above.

Comparison of the number of public holidays in Germany

With 11 public holidays, Germany is on average in terms of the number of public holidays nationwide. The majority of states around the world have between 9 and 12 public holidays. For better comparability, the additional days off without Sundays are counted in the following table.

There are particularly many public holidays in China and Argentina, the fewest nationwide celebrations in Switzerland, although this is offset by many regional holidays there. In countries with many non-working celebrations, there are often fewer vacation days in return.

Is today a public holiday in Germany?

The next public holiday in Germany in 2021 is May 23, 2021: Pentecost Sunday / Pentecost Sunday, a national holiday.

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Why are there different public holidays in Germany?

The definition of public holidays in Germany is a matter for the federal states. Only the day of German unity is specified by the federal government. Many festivals have their basis in Christian traditions, which differ from region to region. In particular, Catholic feasts and days of remembrance such as Corpus Christi and All Saints' Day as well as Protestant festivals such as Reformation Day make the essential difference between the countries.

New Year

On New Years Day (January 1st) the beginning of the new year is celebrated. He is in all of Germany and most of the other countries in the world National holiday. The new year is welcomed across Germany with fireworks, sparkling wine and lucky charms. From an ecclesiastical point of view, January 1st is also considered to be World day of peace.

Holy Three Kings

According to the Christian faith, the Three Kings (January 6th) brought gifts to Jesus Christ after his birth. This holiday will only in the federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt committed. In many places, carol singers go from house to house, bless the front doors and collect money for a good cause.

Carnival Monday

Rose Monday is the penultimate day of Mardi Gras or Carnival. He is not a holiday according to federal or state law. In carnival strongholds such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mainz, but also in other regions where the last Monday of the carnival is traditionally celebrated on a large scale, employers like to give their employees work-free on Rose Monday.

Shrove Tuesday / Carnival Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Carnival Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Violet Tuesday, is the last day of Carnival. Although it is one of the most important days of Mardi Gras with Rose Monday, Mardi Gras is Mardi Gras not a public holiday in Germany. On this day, too, some regional employers give their employees time off.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Christian Lent. He is in Germany not a holiday. The 40 days of fasting before Easter are no longer a strict obligation in Christianity these days. Nevertheless, many use the time until Easter Sunday for fasting, sometimes in a modern interpretation such as avoiding plastic. The last day of Lent is Holy Saturday.

Valentine's day

Valentine's Day on February 14th is considered the day of lovers. It is depending on the year an ordinary work or Sunday. The custom of "Valentine's Day" has its origins in England in the 15th century, reached the USA with emigrants and was brought to Germany by US soldiers.

Is Maundy Thursday a public holiday?

Maundy Thursday is a Christian feast day towards the end of Lent. The day is not free for employees, but in most federal states it falls during the school holidays. It is celebrated on the Thursday of Holy Week, i.e. the day before Good Friday and three days before Easter Sunday.

Whit Monday

Whit Monday is a Christian holiday on the 51st day after Easter. As the second holiday of Pentecost, it is one of the most important religious holidays in Germany and is therefore in all federal states equated with Sundays. On Whit Monday the Christian churches celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit to the disciples and apostles.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is in the federal states Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland Free of school and work nationwide. As well in some Catholic parishes in Saxony and Thuringia. On Corpus Christi, the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is celebrated in the Catholic Church - regionally with large Corpus Christi processions.

Are the holidays non-working for everyone?

All public holidays in Germany are equated with Sundays. These holidays are non-working for most employees in Germany and school-free for all students at German schools. This does not apply to professional groups who also have to work on Sundays, such as employees of the police, fire brigade, rescue services, hospitals, restaurants, passenger transport, etc.

Public holidays in Germany and special Sundays are shown in red. Dates of public holidays that only apply regionally or for parts of the population are shown in pink. Dates printed in black are holidays or memorial days in Germany, which are generally not work-free.