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 Sunday New Year's Day
Jan 6 Friday Epiphany
Feb 14 Tuesday Valentine's Day
Feb 27 Monday Shrove Monday
Feb 28 Tuesday Carnival/Shrove Tuesday
Mar 1 Wednesday Carnival/Ash Wednesday
Apr 9 Sunday Palm Sunday
Apr 13 Thursday Maundy Thursday
Apr 14 Friday Good Friday
Apr 16 Sunday Easter Day
Apr 17 Monday Easter Monday
May 1 Monday May Day
May 14 Sunday Mother's Day
May 25 Thursday Ascension Day
Jun 4 Sunday Whit Sunday
Jun 5 Monday Whit Monday
Jun 15 Thursday Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Tuesday Assumption of Mary
Oct 3 Tuesday Day of German Unity
Oct 31 Tuesday Reformation Day
Oct 31 Tuesday Halloween
Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints' Day
Nov 11 Saturday St. Martin's Day
Nov 19 Sunday National Day of Mourning
Nov 22 Wednesday Repentance Day
Nov 26 Sunday Sunday of the Dead
Dec 3 Sunday First Sunday Advent
Dec 6 Wednesday Saint Nicholas Day
Dec 10 Sunday Second Sunday Advent
Dec 17 Sunday Third Sunday Advent
Dec 24 Sunday Fourth Sunday Advent
Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Tuesday Boxing Day
Dec 31 Sunday New Year's Eve