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German Holiday Calendar
Feiertag-Kalender

A Calendar of Holidays in
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

Part 1: Januar-Juni (January-June)

Holidays and Observances in German-Speaking Europe
Holidays (Feiertage) marked with an asterisk ( * ) are official national holidays in Germany and/or the other German-speaking countries. Some of the holidays listed here are regional or specifically Catholic or Protestant celebrations only. You can find out more about hyperlinked holidays by clicking on the name of the celebration.

Note that certain holidays (Erntedankfest, Muttertag/Mother's Day, Vatertag/Father's Day, etc.) are observed on different dates in different countries in Europe and around the world. For holidays that do not fall on a fixed date, see the Bewegliche Feste (movable feasts / holidays) page.

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Januar-Juni | Juli-Dezember | Bewegliche Feste

HOLIDAYS with FIXED DATES
January-June
| Januar-Juni
Feiertag Holiday Datum/Date
JANUAR
Neujahr* New Year's Day 1. Januar (am ersten Januar)
Heilige Drei
Könige
*
Epiphany,
Three Kings
6. Januar (am sechsten Januar)
A public holiday in Austria and the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bayern (Bavaria), and Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany.
Also see Movable Feasts (No fixed date)
FEBRUAR
Mariä
Lichtmess
Candlemas
(Groundhog Day)
2. Februar (am zweiten Feb.)
Catholic regions
Valentinstag Valentine's Day 14. Februar (am vierzehnten Feb.)
Fasching,
Karneval
Mardi Gras
Carnival
In Catholic regions in Feb. or Mar., depending on the date of Easter. See Movable Feasts
MÄRZ
Tag der Kranken Day of the Ill am ersten Sonntag im März (first Sunday in March; only in Switzerland)
Internationaler Frauentag International Women's Day 8. März (am achten März)
Josephstag St. Joseph's Day 19. März (am neunzehnten März; only in parts of Switzerland)
Mariä
Verkündigung
Annunciation 25. März (am fünfundzwanzigsten März)
Also see Movable Feasts (No fixed date)
APRIL
Erster April April Fool's Day 1. April (am ersten April)
Karfreitag* Good Day Friday before Easter; see Movable Feasts
Ostern Easter Ostern falls in March or April, depending on the year; see Movable Feasts
Walpurgisnacht Walpurgis Night 30. April (am dreißigsten April) in Germany (Harz). Witches (Hexen) gather on eve of St. Walpurga's feast day (May Day).
MAI
Erster Mai*
Tag der Arbeit
May Day
Labor Day
1. Mai (am ersten Mai)
Muttertag Mother's Day 2nd Sunday in May
(Austria, Germany, Switz.)
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*National holiday
JUNI
Vatertag Father's Day 12. Juni 2005
2nd Sunday in June
(Austria only; diff. date in Germany)
Johannistag St. John the Baptist's Day 24. Juni (am vierundzwanzigsten Juni)
Siebenschläfer St. Swithin's Day 27. Juni (am siebenundzwanzigsten Juni) Folklore: If it rains on this day it will rain for the next seven weeks. A Siebenschläfer is a dormouse.
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