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German Holiday Calendar
Feiertag-Kalender

A Calendar of Holidays in
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

Part 3: Holidays With No Fixed Date

On this page you'll find “Movable Feasts” (bewegliche Feste)—holidays that do not regularly fall on a fixed date. For holidays that do fall on a particular date, see Parts 1 and 2 of our Feiertag-Kalender.

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Also see:
Customs and Traditions > Historic Timeline (English-German)

Januar-Juni | Juli-Dezember | Bewegliche Feste

MOVABLE HOLIDAYS with NO FIXED DATE
Movable Feasts | Bewegliche Feste
Feiertag Holiday Datum/Date
JANUAR - FEBRUAR - MÄRZ
Schmutziger
Donnerstag
Weiberfastnacht
Dirty Thursday

Women's Carnival
Last Thursday of Fasching/Karneval when women traditionally snip off men's ties
Rosenmontag Rose Monday Date depends on Easter (Ostern) - Date of Karneval parades in the Rheinland - 4 Feb. 2008, 23 Feb. 2009
Fastnacht
Karneval
Shrove Tuesday
“Mardi Gras”
Date depends on Easter (Ostern) - Carnival (Mardi Gras)
Fasching / Shrove Tuesday: 5 Feb. 2008, 24 Feb. 2009
Aschermittwoch Ash Wednesday End of the Carnival season; start of Lent (Fastenzeit)
Aschermittwoch / Ash Wednesday: 6 Feb. 2008, 25 Feb. 2009
APRIL - MAI - JUNI
Also see Name Days in April
Palmsonntag Palmsunday Sunday before Easter (Ostern)
Beginn des
Passahfestes
First Day of Passover  
Gründonnerstag Maundy Thursday Thursday before Easter
From Latin mandatum in the prayer for Christ's washing of the feet of the disciples on the Thursday before Easter.
Karfreitag Good Friday Friday before Easter
Ostern
Ostersonntag*
Easter
Easter Sunday
On the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring
Ostern / Easter: 23 Mar. 2008, 12 Apr. 2009
Ostermontag* Easter Monday A public holiday in Germany and most of Europe
Weißer
Sonntag
Low Sunday First Sunday after Easter
Date of first communion in the Catholic church
Muttertag Mother's Day Second Sunday in May**
Muttertag / Mother's Day: 4 May 2008**
  **In Germany, if Mother's Day happens to fall on Pfingstsonntag (Pentecost), the date changes to the first Sunday in May.
Christi
Himmelfahrt
Ascension Day
(of Jesus to heaven)
A public holiday; 40 days after Easter (see Vatertag below)
Vatertag Father's Day On Ascension Day in Germany. Not the same as the U.S. family-oriented Father's Day. In Austria it's in June. Learn more...
Pfingsten Pentecost,
Whitsun,
Whit Sunday
A public holiday; the 7th Sun. after Easter. In some German states Pfingsten is a 2-week school holiday.
Pfingstmontag Whit Monday A public holiday
Pfingsten / Pentecost: 11 May 2008, 31 May 2009
Fronleichnam Corpus Christi A public holiday in Austria and Catholic parts of Germany, Switzerland; Thursday following Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost)
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DEZEMBER
Volkstrauertag National Day
of Mourning
In November on the Sunday two weeks prior to the first Advent Sunday. In memory of Nazi victims and the dead in both world wars. Similar to Veteran's Day or Memorial Day in the US.
Buß- und
Bettag
Day of Prayer and Repentance The Wed. eleven days prior to the first Advent Sunday. A holiday in some regions only.
Totensonntag Mourning Sunday Observed in November on the Sunday prior to the first Advent Sunday. The Protestant version of All Soul's Day.
Erster Advent First Sunday of Advent The four-week Advent period leading up to Christmas is an important part of the German celebration.
Advent: See our Christmas Calendar for dates.
Christmas and New Year's vocabulary:
English-German Christmas Glossary and Silvester Glossary
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