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Holidays and bridging days 2021 | 2022

01.01.2021 (Friday) | 01.01.2022 (Saturday) - New Years

January 1st has been widespread in western culture as a date for the beginning of the year since the Middle Ages. The Romans moved in 153 BC. According to their calendar, the beginning of the year from March 1st to January 1st, the day the consuls took office. The years were also named there after the terms of office of these consuls. Around the turn of the year there are pagan and Christian Winter customs Insights into Bavarian culture and its traditions.

06.01.2021 (Wednesday) | 06.01.2022 (Thursday) - Holy Three Kings

The origin of this feast day goes back to the story of the three kings, who in the New Testament in the Christmas story are called the wise men of the east. When Jesus was born, these three wise men saw a brightly lit star, the poinsettia that is widespread among us, and followed it to get to the newborn Jesus. Epiphany is a public holiday in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt.

04/02/2021 | 04/15/2022 - KarFriday

Easter is the highest festival in Christianity and is celebrated as an annual commemoration on the occasion of the resurrection of Jesus. Its roots are in the Jewish Passover (Pesach) festival. Easter Sunday is celebrated on the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the beginning of spring. Especially in Franconia there is the beautiful one Easter well custom: Every year at Easter, the fountains are festively decorated in many Bavarian towns.

04/05/2021 | April 18, 2022 - EasterMonday

From the 4th century onwards, the highest festival was developed as a three-day celebration (Triduum paschale) in a historicizing way. A second triduum of Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday followed, which had the form of three non-working holidays. With the Georgiritt Every year on Easter Monday one of the most magnificent and largest horse pilgrimages in Bavaria takes place in Traunstein.

01.05.2021 (Saturday) | 01.05.2022 (Sunday) - May Day or Labor Day

At the founding congress of the Second International (International Workers' Association) in 1889, it was introduced as “Labor Day” in order to enforce fair working conditions. May 1st was designated as a public holiday by the Weimar National Assembly for 1919 only. In 1933, the National Socialists introduced May 1st as a public holiday, which from then on was called “National Labor Day”. They used it for their propaganda, unions were broken up and their members persecuted. The first free May Day was celebrated in 1946 and has been held annually ever since. The first of May also stands for the beginning of spring, and in numerous Bavarian places it is with the tradition of Raising the maypole celebrated.

13.05.2021 | 26.05.2022 (Thursday)- Ascension of Christ

Ascension of Christ refers to the ascension of Jesus Christ to the place “at the right hand of God”. The festival is celebrated 40 days after Easter and has been handed down since the year 370.

05/24/2021 | 06/06/2022 - PentecostMonday

Pentecost (Greek: pentekoste = “the fiftieth [day]”) refers to the feast on the fiftieth day after Easter. Whitsun, also known as the “birthday of the church”, is characterized by special religious celebrations. This is the end of the Easter festive season. On Pentecost, the Church recalls the event when the disciples of Jesus felt the Holy Spirit descending upon them after his death and resurrection. From that day on, they preached the works of Jesus. In many places in Bavaria you can find magnificent Equestrian processions take place, for example in Bad Kötzting, Sankt Englmar, Ochsenfurt and Erlangen.

03.06.2021 | 16.06.2022 (Thursday) - Corpus Christi

The Roman Catholic holiday Corpus Christi, the “solemnity of the body and blood of Christ” is celebrated on the second Thursday after Pentecost. The Processions, in which the believers walk behind the monstrance with the host, are also a very special experience for visitors. The lake procession near Murnau am Staffelsee is unique in Germany. Corpus Christi is a public holiday in the federal states of Bavaria, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. There are also some Catholic regions in Saxony and Thuringia.

15.08.2021 (Sunday) | 15.08.2022 (Monday) - Assumption Day

Assumption of Mary is a solemn festival of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church, which is celebrated on August 15 in predominantly Catholic parishes. The major Marienfest is a public holiday only in Bavaria and the Saarland. With this solemn festival the church celebrates the belief in the bodily acceptance of Mary into heaven, which has been attested since the 6th century.

03.10.2021 (Sunday) | 03.10.2022 (Monday) - Day of German unity

German Unity Day, which takes place on October 3rd every year, has been Germany's national holiday since 1990. On this date the reunification of the two German states took place. In this function, the Day of German Unity replaced June 17th for the territory of the old Federal Republic and the Republic Day previously celebrated on October 7th for the territory of the former GDR.

31.10.2021 (Sunday) | 31.10.2022 (Monday) - Reformation day

Reformation Day is only a public holiday in the nine German federal states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bremen and Hamburg. The Reformation Day on October 31, 2017, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the theses, became a national holiday.

01.11.2021 (Monday) | 01.11.2022 (Tuesday) - All Saints Day

All Saints' Day is a solemn festival of the Roman Catholic Church and a "day of remembrance of the saints" in the independent Protestant Lutheran Church. Around the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV set November 1st for All Saints' Day for the entire Western Church. All Saints' Day is a public holiday in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

25.12.2021 (Saturday) | 25.12.2022 (Sunday) - Christmas Day

The main festival day at Christmas, the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ, whose celebrations begin with sunset on Christmas Eve, December 24th. December 25th is a public holiday in many states and the prelude to the Christmas break. The Christmas season extends from the first Vespers of the birth of the Lord up to and including the Sunday after Epiphany, the feast of the apparition of the Lord. As early as the end of November, the Christmas and Christkindl markets in Bavaria provide the first Christmas spirit and anticipation for the holidays!

26.12.2021 (Sunday) | 26.12.2022 (Monday) - Christmas Day

Public holiday, which is, however, celebrated as St. Stephen's Day in the Roman Catholic and Old Catholic Churches.