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Holidays and gift giving occasions in Germany

Christmas markets may be the main reason you're thinking about Germany during the holidays, but it's important to remember that packages aren't collected or developed on a public holiday. So if you're sending something around the days we've collected below, keep in mind that it may take a day or two longer to arrive.

Date Day Holiday
Jan 1 Tuesday New Year's Day
Jan 6 Sunday Epiphany
Jan 22 Tuesday Franco-German Day
Jan 27 Sunday Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism
Jan 28 Monday European Privacy Day
Feb 10 Sunday Children's Hospice Day
Feb 14 Thursday Valentine's Day
Mar 4 Monday Shrove Monday
Mar 5 Tuesday Carnival/Shrove Tuesday
Mar 6 Wednesday Carnival/Ash Wednesday
Mar 8 Friday International Women's Day
Mar 21 Thursday March Equinox
Mar 28 Thursday Girls' Day - Career Information Day
Mar 31 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts
Apr 14 Sunday Palm Sunday
Apr 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday
Apr 19 Friday Good Friday
Apr 21 Sunday Easter Day
Apr 21 Sunday Easter Day
Apr 22 Monday Easter Monday
Apr 23 Tuesday German Beer Day
Apr 30 Tuesday Walpurgis Night
May 1 Wednesday May Day
May 5 Sunday Europe Day
May 12 Sunday Mother's Day
May 23 Thursday Constitution Day
May 30 Thursday Father's Day
May 30 Thursday Ascension Day
Jun 1 Saturday International Childrens' Day
Jun 3 Monday European Bicycle Day
Jun 6 Thursday Visually Impaired People Day
Jun 9 Sunday Whit Sunday
Jun 9 Sunday Whit Sunday
Jun 10 Monday Whit Monday
Jun 14 Friday Day of Music (first day)
Jun 16 Sunday Car-free Sunday
Jun 20 Thursday Corpus Christi
Jun 20 Thursday Corpus Christi
Jun 21 Friday June Solstice
Jun 29 Saturday Architecture Day
Aug 8 Thursday Peace Festival in Augsburg
Aug 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary
Sep 1 Sunday World Peace Day
Sep 8 Sunday European Heritage Days (Day of the Open Monument)
Sep 8 Sunday Day of the Homeland
Sep 14 Saturday German Language Day
Sep 20 Friday German World Childrens' Day
Sep 23 Monday September Equinox
Oct 3 Thursday Day of German Unity
Oct 6 Sunday Harvest Festival
Oct 24 Thursday Day of the Libraries
Oct 27 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends
Oct 30 Wednesday World Thrift Day
Oct 31 Thursday Reformation Day
Oct 31 Thursday Halloween
Nov 1 Friday All Saints' Day
Nov 9 Saturday Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day
Nov 9 Saturday Fall of the Berlin Wall
Nov 11 Monday St. Martin's Day
Nov 17 Sunday National Day of Mourning
Nov 20 Wednesday Repentance Day
Nov 24 Sunday Sunday of the Dead
Dec 1 Sunday First Advent Sunday
Dec 6 Friday Saint Nicholas Day
Dec 8 Sunday Second Advent Sunday
Dec 15 Sunday Third Advent Sunday
Dec 19 Thursday Remembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by Genocide
Dec 22 Sunday Fourth Advent Sunday
Dec 22 Sunday December Solstice
Dec 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Wednesday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Thursday Boxing Day
Dec 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve