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Public holidays (Feirertage) in Germany vary from one federal state to another with some states having more public holidays than others. Generally businesses and schools close on these days - excluding hospitals and police stations.

Should a public holiday fall on a weekend, the following Monday or previous Friday is not taken off as is sometimes the case in other countries.

Berlin Public Holidays 2010 - 2011

Public Holiday 2010 2011
New Y ear's Day 1 Jan

1 Jan

Epiphany 6 Jan

6 Jan

WWII Genocide Memorial Day 27 Jan

27 Jan

Good Friday 2 Apr

22 Apr

Easter Sunday

4 Apr

24 Apr

Easter Monday 5 Apr

25 Apr

Walpurgisnacht (Witches' Night)

30 Apr 30 Apr

Labour Day

1 May 1 May

Ascension Day

13 May 2 Jun

Whit Monday

24 May 13 Jun

Corpus Christi

3 Jun 23 Jun

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

15 Aug 15 Aug

Day of German Unity

3 Oct 3 Oct

Day of Reformation

31 Oct 31 Oct

All Saints' Day

1 Nov 1 Nov

Berlin Wall Opening Day

9 Nov 9 Nov

National Day of Mourning

14 Nov 14 Nov

Repentance Day

17 Nov 16 Nov

St Nicholas' Day

6 Dec 6 Dec

Christmas Day

25 Dec 25 Dec

2nd day of Christmas

26 Dec 26 Dec

Labour Day

Unlike other parts of the world that celebrate this day, Labour or May Day, as it's known, has been a day of conflict between the parties of the left and the parties of the right. During the post war period, throughout Berlin (east and west) May Day was a day of peaceful marching - until 1987. In Kreuzberg, which during this time was home to masses of Turkish immigrants, draft-dodging youth and the l…

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