East Germany - Holidays


Date English Name German Name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Neujahr
Moveable feast Good Friday Karfreitag
Moveable feast Easter Sunday Ostersonntag
Moveable feast Easter Monday Ostermontag Was not an official holiday after 1967.
1 May May Day Tag der Arbeit International Workers' Day
8 May Victory in Europe Day Tag der Befreiung The translation means "Day of Liberation"
Moveable feast Father's Day / Ascension Day Vatertag / Christi Himmelfahrt Thursday after the 5th Sunday after Easter. Was not an official holiday after 1967.
Moveable feast Whitmonday Pfingstmontag 50 days after Easter Sunday
7 October Republic Day Tag der Republik National holiday
Moveable feast Day of Repentance and Prayer Buß- und Bettag Penultimate Wednesday before the fourth Sunday before 25 December. Was not an official holiday after 1967.
25 December First Day of Christmas 1. Weihnachtsfeiertag
26 December Second Day of Christmas 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag

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