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Holiday Calendar for Germany for 2024-2025 year
Germanic traditions, notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in Germany. Germans take pride in their traditional celebrations whether they are patriotic such as Tag der deutschen Einheit or Day of German Unity, religiously based such as Allerheiligen or All Saints and Allerseelen or All Souls, well known holidays such as Weihnachten - Christmas and Ostern - Easter, more personal events such as weddings, birthdays, and funerals, or large public events like the well known Oktoberfest. Help us Help us 

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2024-2025 year

April 2024

Thursday 25 April - Arbor Day in Germany; Parental Alienation Awareness Day (Parental alienation is a problem that most people don't know about. It is child abuse and needs to be stopped.); Girls' Day and Boys' Day in Germany
Friday 26 April - Tertullian Day (was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. Of Berber origin he was the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature. Tertullian has been called "the father of Latin Christianity" and "the founder of Western theology."); Töchter-Tag or Daughter's Day in Hamburg, Germany (The Youth Education Association became the initiator in Hamburg. The idea is to introduce girls to technical professions); Passauer Dult (in spring it starts on the Friday of the last week of April, in fall on the Friday of the second week of September); Warnemünde Spring Walk (opening of the season); May Festival in Saarbrücken
Saturday 27 April - Game Designers' Day; International Sculpture Day (Held on the last Saturday of April); Tree blossom festival in Werder an der Havel (It starts on the fourth Saturday in April); International A cappella Week Hanover (Begins on Saturday of the last full week of April); Freisen Medieval Market

May 2024

Thursday 9 May - Father's Day in Germany (Vatertag is always celebrated on Ascension Day); Europe Day (is the name of two annual observance days, 5 May by the Council of Europe and 9 May by the European Union, which recognize the peace and prosperity within Europe that both have achieved since their formation); Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Freienfels Knights' Games (Taking place on Ascension Day weekend); Putbus Festival; Müritz Sail; Day of the Fire Department in Mainz-Drais
Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe); International Dixieland Festival Dresden (starts on the second Sunday in May, but sometimes the date can vary); Genusszeit in Saarbrücken (starts on the second Sunday in May)
Thursday 16 May - Erlangen Bergkirchweih; Schlossgrabenfest (begins the Thursday before Trinity)
Monday 20 May - International HR Day; Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost); German Mill Day
Saturday 25 May - Japan Day in Düsseldorf (date for 2024. Celebrated on the last Saturday of May); Erdbeerfest or Strawberry Festival in Germany (Last Saturday in May); International Fireworks Competition (starts on the Saturday of the third full week of May); Berger Street Festival in Frankfurt am Main
Thursday 30 May - Corpus Christi (Held on the Thursday after the Trinity. Monaco, Trinidad and Tobago, Austria, Venezuela); Corpus Christi procession in Hüfingen (A sea of flowers on the street); The Hanau Garden Festival; Magic Bike Rüdesheim; Emmes in Saarlouis

June 2024

Monday 3 June - European Bicycle Day (celebrated since 1998)
Tuesday 4 June - Days of Action for Sustainable Development in Germany (launched by the Sustainable Development Council in 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro)
Sunday 9 June - MoGo or motorcycle service in Hamburg's Michel church (Motorradgottesdienst Starts on Sunday of the second week of June)
Saturday 15 June - Vierländer Strawberry Festival (Starts on the third Saturday in June); Deisterstraße Festival (Hannover)
Friday 21 June - Sleep Day in Germany (Tag des Schlafes); Ebbelwoi Festival in Langen; Make Music Day (Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries); Hurricane Festival; Osthafenfest in Saarbrücken
Friday 28 June - Daimler Day; Hanover Shooting Festival (The ten-day event begins on the last Friday in June); Theelfest in Lebach

July 2024

Friday 5 July - Würzburg Kiliani folk festival; Royal Wine Festival Potsdam (Conducted from Friday of the first full week of July); Duddelfest in Mainz-Lerchenberg (the colorful festival of the generations begins on the first Friday in July); Ingobertus Festival in St. Ingbert
Sunday 7 July - Ratha Yatra (Held on the second day of Shukla Pakshi of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha)
Thursday 18 July - The festival in Karlsruhe (in recent years it starts on the third Thursday in July)
Friday 19 July - Spielbudenfestival (In recent years, the competition has started on the Friday of the third full week in July); Vine Blossom Festival in the park in Mainz-Laubenheim; Steinfurth Rose Festival
Saturday 20 July - Memorial Day on July 20, 1944 in Germany (this was one of the most important attempts of resistance during the period of National Socialism by the nobility and the administration); Street Mag Show Hannover (starts on Saturday of the third full week in July)
Sunday 28 July - UNESCO Recognition Day in Mainz (Old Jewish Cemetery Judensand)

August 2024

Thursday 8 August - Peace Festival in Augsburg, Germany; The Hanse Sail in Rostock (Typically begins on Thursday of the first full week of August)
Sunday 11 August - Sons and Daughters Day in Germany (The Der Tag der Söhne und Töchter a family holiday and a good time to spend time together)
Thursday 15 August - Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu); Dachau Folk Festival
Saturday 17 August - The Bremen Music Festival (Begins on the third Saturday in August)
Sunday 18 August - Tu B'Av in Israel (lit. 'fifteenth of Av', hebrew- ט"וּ באב - is a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love
Thursday 22 August - Bamberg Sandkerwa; Osterstraße Wine Festival, Hamburg (starts on the fourth Thursday in August); International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Due to Religion or Belief (International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - established since May 28, 2019 - UN A/RES/73/296)
Friday 23 August - Regensburg Dult (Held twice a year, in May and in August - early September); Frankfurt Museumsuferfest (takes place from the fourth Friday in August); Hessian Blues-, Schmus- & Applesauce Festival in Laubach; Lantern Festival in Germany
Wednesday 28 August - Rheingau Wine Market (takes place on the last Wednesday in August); Day of the Russian Germans

September 2024

Tuesday 3 September - European Bike Week (Begins the first Tuesday in September and runs through the end of the week)
Sunday 15 September - World Children's Festival in Planten un Blomen (takes place on the third Sunday in September); Bad Homburg Apple Day (Held on the third Sunday in September); Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; The Prophet's Birthday or Mawleed al Nabi (or Mawlid al-Nabi. There is not a single verse in the Qur'an OR a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) forbidding the celebration of Prophet's birthday)
Friday 20 September - Universal Children's Day in Germany; World Children's Day in Thuringia, Germany (an official holiday since 2019); Rail Day in Germany (begins on the third Friday in September); The Princely Garden Festival at Wolfsgarten Castle (The three-day event begins the third Friday in September); Kite Festival on Kronsberg
Sunday 22 September - Intercultural Week in Germany (Begins on the fourth Sunday in September)
Friday 27 September - European Researchers' Night; German Butterbrot Day (Tag des Deutschen Butterbrots); The Cannstatter Volksfest (Held for two weeks starting on the fourth Friday in September); Farmers' market and wine festival at Tibarg in Hamburg (The three-day event begins on the fourth Friday in September); Kassel Autumn Magic Festival, Germany (Begins on Friday of the last full week of September)

October 2024

Sunday 6 October - Thanksgiving Day in Germany (Held on the first Sunday in October); German-American Day
Friday 11 October - Hannover Wiesn (starts on Friday of the second week of October)
Sunday 13 October - Grandmothers' Day in Germany (Second Sunday in October)
Thursday 24 October - Library Day in Germany and South Tyrol (in Germany since 1995, South Tyrol - since 2009); Bavarian Dentists' Day (Beginning on Thursday of the fourth week of October)
Thursday 31 October - Reformation Day (Slovenia, parts of Germany, Chile, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, various Protestant churches with a particular emphasis in Lutheran and Reformed ones); Allhallowtide (The first day of Allhallowtide, observed until November 6 in Western Christianity)

November 2024

Saturday 2 November - All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Communion); Mainz Book Fair
Monday 11 November - Opening of carnival ("Karneval"/"Fasching", on 11-11, at 11:11. Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries); Proclamation of the Foolish Basic Law in Mainz
Sunday 17 November - National Day of Mourning or Volkstrauertag in Germany (Date for 2024. Observed two Sundays before the first of Advent)
Wednesday 20 November - General Day of Repentance and Prayer in Germany (Held on the Wednesday before the last Sunday of the church year); Transgender Day of Remembrance

December 2024

Sunday 8 December - The Second Sunday of Advent (is the third last Sunday before Christmas Day); Bodhi Day in Japan
Thursday 26 December - St. Stephen's Day (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Andorra, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland); Second day of Christmas (Western Christianity. Public holiday in the Netherlands, Poland, Norway)

January 2025

Saturday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1)
Sunday 5 January - Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (The occasion is celebrated by Sikhs and Sikh diasporas all over the world)
Saturday 11 January - German Apples Day (Tag des Deutschen Apfels)
Saturday 25 January - The bird wedding (is an annual custom known in some European regions, but especially in the Sorbs in Lusatia. Here it is called Lower Sorbian Ptaškowa swajźba and Upper Sorbian Ptači kwas)
Tuesday 28 January - European Data Protection Day (initiated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe)

February 2025

Sunday 2 February - Candlemas (Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Western Christianity); Festival of Saraswati
Tuesday 11 February - European 112 Day (emergency call services)
Friday 21 February - Biikebrennen in North Friesland, Germany (St. Peter's Day Eve. The annual festival dates back to the Middle Ages and now attracts the first tourists)
Thursday 27 February - The Fools' Court in Stockach (political spectacle for 660 years); Weiberfastnacht in Germany (Held on the Thursday before Lent)

March 2025

Sunday 2 March - Fastelavn in Denmark and Norway (day on which Shrove Monday can fall)
Monday 3 March - Rosenmontag in Germany (Conducted the day before Ash Wednesday)
Tuesday 4 March - Shrove Tuesday in Germany (also known as Carnival Tuesday, Fasnets-Zeisdig, Veilchendienstag, Fasnacht Tuesday or Fastnachtsdienstag or Narrenkirchweih)
Thursday 13 March - World Riesling Day (The First Annual Riesling Birthday was celebrated in 2019)
Friday 14 March - Phaghwa (or Holi Phagwa is considered as the famous Hindu spring festival and has got many names as per the region and the community like its knwon as Phaghwa in Bhojpuri and in west Bengal, it is known as Dolyatra)
Sunday 16 March - Heribert von Köln in Germany (German Archbishop, from 999 to 1021 was Archbishop of the Cologne Archdiocese)
Friday 21 March - Hamburger Dom (folk festival)
Friday 28 March - Berlin Spring Festival (begins on the Friday of the last full week in March)
Sunday 30 March - The Heidelberg Summer Day procession (a spectacle at the turn of the seasons)

April 2025

Monday 7 April - White Sunday (It falls on the next Sunday after Easter)
Friday 11 April - Spring Dippemess (It begins the week before Easter according to Western tradition)
Thursday 17 April - Maundy Thursday (Christian tradition. Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples before his cross suffering)
Sunday 20 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Augsburg Plärrer (Held twice a year - in the spring from Easter Sunday and in late summer from the end of August); Bergsträßer Weinfrühling (begins on the Saturday of the third full week in April); Ridwan Day in Iraq (in Islamic angelology, Ridwan is the guardian of Paradise and the head of the host of guardian angels of Paradise. Literally translated “satisfied, pleased.” It is not mentioned in the Qur'an and Tafsir, but is mentioned in the earlier hadiths describing Paradise); Stuttgart Spring Festival (begins on the Saturday of the third full week in April); Easter
Monday 21 April - Easter Monday (Påskedag in Norway); Hanover Cherry Blossom Festival (Begins on Sunday of the third full week of April)
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