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Calendar Guide to the German Holidays 2013

Calendar Guide to the German Holidays 2013

Holiday’s And Festivals In Germany 2013

There are many holidays and festivals across Germany every year, many of these have their roots in religion and old tradition, but some are much more recent. It’s a fact that the German’s know how to put on a part, and how to celebrate.

So if you’re thinking of taking a holiday in Germany make sure you don’t miss out on some of their fantastic festivals and parties such as:

  • Long Night of Museums – This wonderful tradition is still relatively new as it only started in 1997, but since its first appearance in Berlin, it’s spread to more than 100 other countries. The 70 participating museums and exhibitions open their doors at night and visitors can purchase a pass to allow them into every museum. This is a great way to experience the exhibitions and to have a fantastic night.
  • Carnival – The German carnivals are best experienced in the big cities such as Cologne, Dusseldorf and other cities in the Rhineland, and in the Black Forest. They’re called the Fasching or Fastnacht and these carnivals are wonderful to see. People dress in costumes and parades are led through the streets, not to mention the drinking that takes place (bars can make 40% of their annual revenue during the carnival).
  • Christmas – Germany’s biggest celebrations can be found at Christmas, they start at the first advent and continue through until Christmas itself. The iconic Christmas tree is in fact a German tradition that has since spread across the world. Lookout for Christmas markets that will appear in the lead up to Christmas in every town and city as these are great places to buy presents and gifts. The market in Nuremberg is considered to be the best and it’s been a tradition there for more than 400 years, it’s known as the Christkindle’s Market.

National Holidays and Religious Days in Germany:

Date
Event
January 1New Year
January 6Epiphany
February 7Woman’s Carnival Day
February 11Carnival Monday
February 13Ash Wednesday
February 14Valentine’s Day
March 24Palm Sunday
March 38Maundy Thursday
March 29Good Friday
March 30Holy Saturday
March 31Easter
April 1Easter Monday
April 30Walpurgis Night
May 1Labour Day
May 9Ascension
May 12Mother’s Day
May 19Whit Sunday
May 20Whit Monday
May 30Corpus Christi
June 17June 17, 1953
August 15Assumption Day
October 3Day Of German Unity
October 6Thanksgiving
October 31Halloween
October 31Reformation Day
November 1All Saint’s Day
November 2All Souls Day
November 11St Martin’s Day
November 17Memorial Day
November 20Penance Day
November 24Sunday in Commemoration of the Dead
December 1First Advent
December 4Barbara
December 6Santa Claus
December 8Second Advent
December 15Third Advent
December 22Fourth Advent
December 24Christmas Eve
December 25Christmas Day
December 26St Steven’s Day
December 31New Year’s Eve

Oktoberfest

It would be impossible to talk about holidays in German without taking time to mention Oktoberfest. It started 200 years ago to celebrate King Ludwig I marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, since then its popularity has grown at extraordinary rates. Today this beer festival is the world’s largest fair and up to 6 million visitors can be expected each year. german holidays 2013 Follow Me on Pinterest

In 2013 the festival will run from September 21 to October 6, and if it’s anything like previous years over 7 million liters of beer will be drunk throughout the festival. This event has people travelling across the world to attend, and it’s guaranteed to be one of the most amazing festivals of the year.

Germany has a long cultural heritage that varies depending on which part of the country you are in. While the south is mainly Catholic, the north is mainly Protestant, this means that certain traditions change in different areas and each area has their own local traditions. If you travel to Germany, make sure to look up the city you’re going to and find out what festivals are on while you’re there as you won’t want to miss them.

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