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List of all holidays in Germany: national, folk, popular holidays by date of celebration

This page contains information about all popular holidays in Germany, both public nationwide and unofficial folk and religious holidays with the dates of their celebration for 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and brief information about the holiday itself.


For many holidays, further on the page, you can view a detailed description, including information about the origin, related customs, photos, greetings, etc. To view the German holiday calendar or schedule of vacations and public holidays for each land in Germany, as well as what holiday it is in Germany today, go to the relevant individual pages of our site.

Most holidays in Germany have rolling celebration dates, i.e. the date of the celebration changes every year, it may depend on the date of the celebrating the Easter, fall on a specific day of the week of any month, or depend on other factors. Therefore, see the dates of the holidays for each year individually.

List of holidays

§ Holidays in Germany in January 2021

For a list of holidays for January for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
1 January 2021 (Fr) New Year's Day * Neujahrstag
The new calendar year first day onset. The holiday is celebrated on the night of December 31 to January 1. It is celebrated with merry-making: fireworks, champagne, night festivities.
6 January 2021 (We) Twelfth-day * Heilige Drei Könige
Epiphany, the Baptism or the Feast of the Three Kings, the last day of the Christmas period. A church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ.
22 January 2021 (Fr) St. Vincent's Day * Tag des heiligen Vinzenz
The day of the Christian Saint Martyr Vincent. Often linked to the Birds Wedding holiday
25 January 2021 (Mo) Birds Wedding Vogelhochzeit
A custom, children's holiday, the beginning of the birds mating season. Is usually celebrated in kindergartens and elementary school.

* - German public holiday, which is an additional day off.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in February 2021

For a list of holidays for February for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
2 February 2021 (Tu) The Lord's Offering * Darstellung des Herrn
Bringing Jesus Christ to the temple by his parents on the 40th day after the birth. On this day, according to the tradition, pancakes and crepes are baked.
3 February 2021 (We) St. Blaise's Day * Tag des heiligen Blasius
On this day a church service is held.
11 February 2021 (Th) Fasnat Schmotziger Donnerstag
The beginning of the main Carnival week, as well as the last Thursday before Lent
14 February 2021 (Su) St. Valentine's Day Valentinstag
A holiday popular in Germany in recent years: lovers give each other presents
15 February 2021 (Mo) Pink Monday Rosenmontag
The climax of the Carnival season and its end. The day of festive processions (Rosenmontagszug).
17 February 2021 (We) Ash Wednesday Aschermittwoch
The beginning of the forty-day Lent. Traditionally, in churches, the heads of parishioners are sprinkled with ashes or ashes are applied to the forehead, as a symbol of repentance. The liturgical colours are violet.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in March 2021

For a list of holidays for March for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
8 March 2021 (Mo) International Women's Day * Internationaler Frauentag
The International Women's Day on March 8, it originally appeared as a day of women's struggle for equality, political rights and emancipation. In Germany, this holiday is not common. March 8 is an official holiday and a free from work day only in Berlin.
25 March 2021 (Th) Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary * Mariä Verkündigung
A church holiday in connection with the message of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, about his future birth.
28 March 2021 (Su) Holy Week Karwoche
In Christianity, the week preceding Easter is devoted to commemorating the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each day of the week includes certain memorable events, customs and traditions.
28 March 2021 (Su) Yew Sunday Palmsonntag
A Christian holiday, the last Sunday before Easter, the beginning of Holy Week. Also known as Palm Sunday. It is considered the day of Christ's entry into Jerusalem on a foal, which event people greeted with palm branches. Today, according to the tradition, willow and other tree branches are cut. In Protestant churches, the rite of confirmation takes place.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in April 2021

For a list of holidays for April for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
1 April 2021 (Th) Holy Thursday Gründonnerstag
Great or Holy Thursday, the day of Christ's last supper with his disciples on Passover. In churches services are held.
1 April 2021 (Th) Day of jokes and laughter 1. April, Narrentag
The day of laughter and jesters, celebrated in many countries of the world. People in Germany make fun of each other and say "Aprilscherz" or "April, April."
2 April 2021 (Fr) Good Friday * Karfreitag
The Holy or Good Friday-it is believed that the feast is based on the event associated with the death of Christ and the expectation of his resurrection. The name of the holiday comes from the old German word char (sadness, crying). On this day, the Way of the Cross is performed in Catholic churches.
3 April 2021 (Sa) Holy Saturday Karsamstag
Great or Holy Saturday - the last day of Holy Week, the day of silence and prayer, preparation for Easter. Services are held the night before Easter.
4 April 2021 (Su) Easter * Ostern
One of the most important holidays in Christianity, celebrated in connection with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
5 April 2021 (Mo) Easter Monday * Ostermontag
The Second Day of Easter, street processions and walks are taken
11 April 2021 (Su) Dominica in albis Weißer Sonntag
White or Low Sunday/ Sunday of St. Thomas the Apostle - the first Sunday after Easter. White clothes of children, candles, flowers are the symbols of purity and innocence. On this day, the rites of communion or confirmation are held in churches.
23 April 2021 (Fr) World Book and Copyright Day Welttag des Buches und des Urheberrechts
A day established by UNESCO to educate people and develop cultural traditions. In libraries, book authors read their works, book exhibitions and fairs are held.
23 April 2021 (Fr) Feast of Saint George * Georgstag
A church holiday in honour of St. George. Traditionally it is an important day for peasants and the village. Traditions embrace equestrian processions, bells ringing, riders impersonating.
30 April 2021 (Fr) Walpurgis Night * Walpurgisnacht
An ancient custom, observed from April 30 to May 1, associated with believing in witches and evil spirits. Bonfires are made that night, children put on fancy dresses, make a lot of noise, tell terrible stories, lovers jump over bonfires. Various superstitions are also common. This night is also associated with the May Day Eve.

* - German public holiday, which is an additional day off.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in May 2021

For a list of holidays for May for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
1 May 2021 (Sa) Labor Day, May 1 * 1. Mai
Labor Day is a day off from work in Germany. Initially, it was associated with the struggle to ban child labour, protect the rights of workers and provide an 8-hour working day. Political organizations hold debates and rallies on this day.
1 May 2021 (Sa) May Day Maifest
A traditional May festival with fixing the Maypole, deciding on the May Queen and dancing, the origin of the holiday traditions is associated with fertility rituals.
9 May 2021 (Su) Mother's Day Muttertag
The International Mothers Day is a day of honoring mothers; on this day, children give their mothers flowers, drawings, and other gifts. It is believed that it comes from the ancient Greek cult of the mother; throughout history it has also been used as a day of unity of mothers in the struggle for peace.
13 May 2021 (Th) Ascension of Christ * Christi Himmelfahrt
The celebration is associated with the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven on the 40th day after his death and resurrection. Worship services are held, fertility practices such as field processions sometimes take place. On this day, Germany also celebrates Father's Day.
13 May 2021 (Th) Father's Day Vatertag
A holiday celebrated in honor of fathers. On this day, people go to the fields on hiking tours or walking excursions with carts or wagons full of wine or beer bottles (according to the region) and traditional regional food, drink alcohol and eat sausages. Children sign greeting cards and give gifts to their fathers.
15 May 2021 (Sa) Cold Sophie * Kalte Sophie
Saint Sophie or Cold Sophie Day. Peasants and farmers plant flowers, seedlings, and also drive livestock to the fields after this day, it is believed that warm weather will set in after the Ice Saints (St. Pancras, St. Servatius, St. Boniface, and St. Sophie) period from May 12 to 15.
23 May 2021 (Su) Pentecost * Pfingstsonntag
The celebration in connection with the formation of the Christian congregation on the 50th day after the Easter and the outpouring of the Spirit (Trinity). The celebration is accompanied by such traditions as: horse processions, round dances, tournaments and competitions, driving cattle off to pasture in the fields. In Germany, a festival of mills is also held on this day.
24 May 2021 (Mo) Pentecost, 2nd day * Pfingstmontag
The Second Day of Pentecost.

* - German public holiday, which is an additional day off.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in June 2021

For a list of holidays for June for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
3 June 2021 (Th) Corpus Christi * Fronleichnam
A Catholic holiday with a procession of a priest and parishioners of the church through the streets with a reminder of the Eucharist and the body of Christ, given to atone for people.
5 June 2021 (Sa) Saint Boniface's Feast Day * Tag des heiligen Bonifatius
The Memorial Day of the missionary and reformer of the church, who is considered the apostle of all Germans.
11 June 2021 (Fr) Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus * Herz-Jesu-Fest
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church is associated with reverence for the heart of Jesus as a symbol of his love. The symbols of the holiday are a heart and a cross. The tradition is associated with the cult of the Heart of Christ, common in the Middle Ages, and mysticism.
24 June 2021 (Th) St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day Johannistag
The celebration in honor of the birth of John the Baptist (Midsummer Night). A lot of superstitions and mysticism are connected with it: making a fire, opening the door to the fairy world, wreaths or crowns, night walks, etc.
29 June 2021 (Tu) SS. Peter and Paul Day * Peter und Paul
The Memorial Day of the two apostles of Jesus Christ Peter and Paul, who played a special role in early Christianity. Celebrated especially in Bavaria; for the holiday a fire is made (in German: Petersfeuer) and, as is customary, a straw doll is burned.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in July 2021

For a list of holidays for July for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
25 July 2021 (Su) St. James's Day * Jakobstag
The day of remembrance of James, an Apostle of Jesus Christ. A pilgrimage to Spain, Santiago de Compostela, is connected with it. The James path also runs through a number of German cities. Harvesting of wheat and rye begins on St. James's Day, and insome places festivities are held.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in August 2021

For a list of holidays for August for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
8 August 2021 (Su) Augsburg Peace Festival * Augsburger Friedensfest
A public holiday held only in the city of Augsburg. A Peace Festival in memory of the peace agreement and the reparation of the religious situation between Protestants and Catholics. At the festival, a peace prize is awarded, various events dedicated to peace are held, a children's drawing of the holiday is elected.
10 August 2021 (Tu) St. Lawrence's Day * Laurentiustag
The Memorial Day of St. Lawrence. Falls of meteorites during this period of summer are called Tears of Lawrence (in German: Laurentiustränen). Processions of cooks are associated with the holiday, since Lawrence is considered their protector. There are coats of arms and brotherhoods of St. Lawrence. It is also associated with the Cranger Kirmes folk festival in the city of Herne.
15 August 2021 (Su) Assumption of the Virgin Mary * Mariä Himmelfahrt
The celebration of the Ascension of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The celebration uses bouquets of herbs and flowers. During the period of 30 days after the holiday, pilgrimages sometimes take place.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in September 2021

For a list of holidays for September for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
8 September 2021 (We) Nativity of the Blessed Virgin * Mariä Geburt
A Catholic feast on the occasion of the birth of Mary, mother of Christ. In some churches in the days to follow evening pilgrimage processions with lanterns take place.
18 September 2021 (Sa) Oktoberfest Oktoberfest
The largest festival in the world, public festivities, which is held in Munich (Bavaria) and lasts for 2 weeks or more. At the festival, a huge amount of specially-brewed beer is drunk.
20 September 2021 (Mo) Universal Children's Day Weltkindertag
The UN Children's Day, proposed to improve the rights and situation of children in the world. In Germany, it is held annually on September 20. On this day, festivities are organized for children. Lectures on the problems of children in the world are held in schools that day, schoolchildren collect money for poor kids, write notes with wishes.
29 September 2021 (We) Saint Michael the Archangel Feast Day * Michaelistag
A church holiday in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel. On this day, special Saint Mikhail bread is traditionally baked.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in October 2021

For a list of holidays for October for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
3 October 2021 (Su) German Unity Day * Tag der Deutschen Einheit
The German Unity Day is celebrated in connection with the unification of East and West Germany in 1990.
3 October 2021 (Su) Harvest Feast Erntedankfest
A thanksgiving for the harvest. Church services, distribution of fruits and vegetables are held. Peasants enjoy merry celebrations with dances and songs, processions with decorations from cereals, fruits and vegetables. Girls wear crowns or wreaths of pieces of wheat. Separately, on different days, a holiday is organized for harvesting potatoes (Kartoffelfest). Fairs, concerts, and festivities are held with visitors treating themselves to various potato dishes.
31 October 2021 (Su) Reformation Day * Reformationstag
The anniversary of the European church reformation beginning, the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses criticizing Catholicism to the door of the church in Wittenberg.
31 October 2021 (Su) Hallowe'en Halloween
An ancient Celtic holiday celebrated on the night of October 31 to November 1. The traditions of the holiday are associated with the belief in spirits. For the holiday, pumpkin lanterns are made, people dress up in monster costumes. Children dress up in costumes and go from house to house, begging for sweets.

* - German public holiday, which is an additional day off.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

§ Holidays in Germany in November 2021

For a list of holidays for November for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
1 November 2021 (Mo) All Saints' Day * Allerheiligen
A memorial day for all saints, the performance of rites associated with the veneration of the dead
2 November 2021 (Tu) Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Day * Allerseelen
The day of remembrance of relatives and friends, the performance of rites is associated with the veneration of the dead
11 November 2021 (Th) Carnival Fasching
The beginning of the Carnival season, the so-called "fifth time of the year" in Germany, which lasts about 3 months, until Great Lent. The main celebration falls on the last week of the Carnival period.
11 November 2021 (Th) St. Martin's Day * Martinstag
The Memorial Day of St. Martin. The traditions of the celebration include: processions in the streets with lanterns in the shape of a pumpkin or with pumpkins with candles inside. The festive dinner includes baked goose and the traditional sweet "Martinshörnchen", a pastry shaped in the form of a croissant, which recalls both the hooves of St. Martin's horse and, by being the half of a pretzel, the parting of his mantle.
14 November 2021 (Su) People's Day of Mourning Volkstrauertag
Germany has a national day of remembrance for those who died/ were killed in wars and victims of violence. It is observed on the second Sunday before the 1st Advent.
17 November 2021 (We) Day of Prayer and Repentance * Buß- und Bettag
The day celebrated by believers of the evangelical church as a special day for repentance of sins and prayers for the forgiveness of sins.
21 November 2021 (Su) Remembrance Sunday * Totensonntag
The Memorial Day, which is observed in the Evangelical Church. On this day, believers go to cemeteries, clean the graves, put flowers on the graves, light candles.
26 November 2021 (Fr) Black Friday Black Friday
Black Friday (in German: Schwarzer Freitag) is the beginning of the Christmas season of sales before Christmas. In Germany on this day many companies offer big discounts to their customers, both in online stores and in branch stores. It originally comes from the United States, where Black Friday comes right after Thanksgiving. Why is Black Friday? The modern meaning is that traders sell so much that day that they get out of lossmaking (red balance) to profit making (operating in the black). It is believed that the original "black" name was given to this Friday by the police officers, because due to the launch of sales there appeared too many people and traffic jams on the roads, so it was an evil, black day for them.
28 November 2021 (Su) Advent 1. Advent
Advent or First Advent. The beginning of the Christmas period, the time of preparation for Christmas; the 4th Sunday before Christmas.

* - A public holiday, which is an additional day off in some German lands (see the table of German public holidays).

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ Holidays in Germany in December 2021

For a list of holidays for December for the coming years, go to the top of the page.

Date The name of the holiday Name in German
4 December 2021 (Sa) St. Barbara's Day * Tag der heiligen Barbara
On this day, according to the custom, the branches of apple trees and cherries are cut and put in vases.
5 December 2021 (Su) The 2nd Advent 2. Advent
The Third Sunday before Christmas, the time of preparation for Christmas
6 December 2021 (Mo) St. Nicolas Day Nikolaustag
Bishop Nicholas or Nicholas the Wonderworker, who is venerated on this day, is considered the prototype of Santa Claus, Father Christmas. Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day. In the evening, on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, children put shoes or hang a stocking in front of the door, in which they receive a gift from Nikolaus. According to the tradition, Nikolaus is accompanied by his anti-image Ruprecht Knecht, punishing disobedient children. More customs of the Christmas period are described on a dedicated page.
12 December 2021 (Su) The 3rd Advent 3. Advent
The Second Sunday before Christmas, the time of preparation for Christmas
13 December 2021 (Mo) Saint Lucy's Day * Luciafest
The custom of dressing a little girl as Saint Lucy, wearing a white dress, a red sash, and a circlet of flowers with burning candles. The rite is not very common in Germany.
18 December 2021 (Sa) International Migrants Day International Migrants Day
The International Migrants Day was established by the UN. On December 18, 1990, they adopted the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. It sets out the standards that should guide the governments of all countries.
19 December 2021 (Su) The 4th Advent 4. Advent
The First Sunday before Christmas, the time of preparation for Christmas
24 December 2021 (Fr) Christmas Eve Heiligabend
Christmas Eve, evening and night on the eve of Christmas. Time for giving Christmas gifts.
25 December 2021 (Sa) Christmas * Weihnachten
The main religious celebration in Christianity, the day is considered the birthday of Jesus Christ - 1. Weihnachtstag. The main celebration falls on the evening and night of 24 December, the Christmas Eve.
26 December 2021 (Su) The 2nd day of Christmas * 2. Weihnachtstag
The second day of Christmas, which is sometimes called Stephanitag
26 December 2021 (Su) St. Stephen's Day * Stephanitag
A memorial day in honor of the first Christian martyr Stephen (in German: Stephanus). The 2nd Christmas day is named after him in some German-speaking countries.
31 December 2021 (Fr) Sylvester Silvester
Also called "Saint Sylvester‘s Day". The last day of the outgoing year, followed by the new year. Sylvester is the New Year's Eve in Germany.

* - German public holiday, which is an additional day off.

* - Religious holidays that are not particularly popular in Germany are highlighted in gray.

§ How many holidays are there in Germany?

Germany has 11 holidays, which are public holidays and days off work throughout the country. However, some lands or regions of Germany have additional official holidays, a maximum of 19. Thus, depending on the region, Germany has from 11 to 19 official holidays per year. However, it should be noted that 3 holidays are composed of two days off work each, so the number of the holidays as such varies from 8 to 16. Besides, the Germans celebrate quite a few popular holidays that are not days off work, according to our estimates; their number varies from 50 to 70. Furthermore, many local holidays are held in Germany: holidays of cities, districts, harvesting, organizations, various religious customs and traditions, etc.



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