Germany is a country that has enjoyed a long history of peace and unity among its people despite the ravages of WWII. As a result of this, some of its holidays date back to several centuries ago.
New Year’s Day – As with other countries of the Western hemisphere, the New Year is celebrated in Germany according to the Gregorian calendar. In fact, the tradition of Christmas tree (conifers from the Black Forest) came from them.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Heilige Drei Könige
Epiphany – This day in the Germany calendar 2013 is celebrated to mark the revelation of God the Son as a normal human being in the form of the Messiah Jesus Christ. The ceremony is usually marked by children walking and singing at night while walking from one household to another.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
This is usually a carnival period in Germany. It usually officially begins on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Thursday to Wednesday, 7 to 13 February 2013
Good Friday – Germany has a largely Christian population, and the day Jesus Christ was crucified is considered a national holiday.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Easter Monday – The resurrection of Christ is also another occasion to celebrate in a largely Christian country. The day after that is considered a public holiday in the Germany calendar 2013
Monday, 1 April 2013
Ascension Day – After Christ resurrected, he ascended to the heavens on the 40th day of Easter and 10 days before the Pentecost. This is a national holiday in Germany.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Whit Monday – The Monday after Pentecost. Similarly, this is a national holiday in the Germnay calendar 2013. This is the day that many Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Christ.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Assumption of Mary – Many Christians believe that Mary, the Mother of God, ascended to heaven in her body and spirit. Although deeply religious in nature (as opposed to other secular holidays), this day is a public holiday in the Germany calendar 2013.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Oktoberfest – The original fest, held on 12th October 1810, was meant to celebrate the marriage of Princess Theresa of Bavaria to Ludwig I. The 16-day ceremony usually begins in September and ends on the first day in October. It usually begins by a parade led by the Mayor of Munich. He leads a parade together with a mascot (normally a child) towards a central place. At this place, he ceremoniously taps a keg then shouts ‘It is tapped’.
Saturday to Sunday, 21 September 2013 to 6 October 2013.
Tag der Deutschen Einheit
German Unity Day – This day is similar to the 4th of July in the United States. After the Second World War, Germany was divided into two – East Germany and West Germany. This separation was cemented by the construction of the Berlin Wall. This wall served as a divisive feature of the German people. However, in 1989, the wall was torn down and the people of Germany became one once again.
Germany Unity Day is usually celebrated on October 3rd.
Thursday, 3 October 2013
All Saints Day
This celebration usually takes place on 1st November. This is a Christian holiday that is used to commemorate the people who have received the beatific vision from heaven. Also, visits are made to the burial sites of many close relatives and people talk about the good things that the deceased did while they were alive.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Christmas Day – The idea of Christmas came from the Norse god Odin who wanted presents under a tree. The Germans started this tradition by cutting pine trees from the Black Forest and decorating them with candies and lighting them with candles.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Germany Holidays in 2013. .!