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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 Friday New Year's Day
Jan 6 Wednesday Epiphany
Jan 22 Friday Franco-German Day
Jan 27 Wednesday Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism
Jan 28 Thursday European Privacy Day
Feb 10 Wednesday Children's Hospice Day
Feb 14 Sunday Valentine's Day
Feb 15 Monday Shrove Monday
Feb 16 Tuesday Carnival / Shrove Tuesday
Feb 17 Wednesday Carnival / Ash Wednesday
Mar 8 Monday International Women's Day
Mar 8 Monday International Women's Day
Mar 8 Monday International Women's Day
Mar 17 Wednesday St. Patrick's Day
Mar 20 Saturday March Equinox
Mar 28 Sunday Palm Sunday
Mar 28 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts
Apr 1 Thursday Maundy Thursday
Apr 2 Friday Good Friday
Apr 4 Sunday Easter Sunday
Apr 4 Sunday Easter Sunday
Apr 5 Monday Easter Monday
Apr 22 Thursday Girls' Day - Career Information Day
Apr 23 Friday German Beer Day
Apr 30 Friday Walpurgis Night
May 1 Saturday May Day
May 5 Wednesday Europe Day (Council of Europe)
May 8 Saturday Anniversary of the End of World War II
May 9 Sunday Mother's Day
May 9 Sunday Europe Day (European Union)
May 13 Thursday Father's Day
May 13 Thursday Ascension Day
May 23 Sunday Whit Sunday
May 23 Sunday Whit Sunday
May 23 Sunday Constitution Day
May 24 Monday Whit Monday
Jun 1 Tuesday International Childrens' Day
Jun 3 Thursday Corpus Christi
Jun 3 Thursday European Bicycle Day
Jun 6 Sunday Visually Impaired People Day
Jun 20 Sunday Car-free Sunday
Jun 21 Monday June Solstice
Jun 26 Saturday Architecture Day
Aug 8 Sunday Peace Festival in Augsburg
Aug 15 Sunday Assumption of Mary
Sep 1 Wednesday World Peace Day
Sep 11 Saturday German Language Day
Sep 12 Sunday European Heritage Days
Sep 20 Monday German World Children's Day
Sep 20 Monday German World Children's Day
Sep 23 Thursday September Equinox
Oct 3 Sunday Day of German Unity
Oct 3 Sunday Harvest Festival
Oct 10 Sunday Grandparents' Day
Oct 24 Sunday Day of the Libraries
Oct 29 Friday World Thrift Day
Oct 31 Sunday Reformation Day
Oct 31 Sunday Halloween
Oct 31 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends
Nov 1 Monday All Saints' Day
Nov 9 Tuesday Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day
Nov 9 Tuesday Fall of the Berlin Wall
Nov 11 Thursday St. Martin's Day
Nov 14 Sunday National Day of Mourning
Nov 17 Wednesday Repentance Day
Nov 21 Sunday Sunday of the Dead
Nov 28 Sunday First Advent Sunday
Dec 5 Sunday Second Advent Sunday
Dec 6 Monday Saint Nicholas Day
Dec 12 Sunday Third Advent Sunday
Dec 19 Sunday Fourth Advent Sunday
Dec 19 Sunday Remembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by Genocide
Dec 21 Tuesday December Solstice
Dec 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Saturday Christmas Day
Dec 26 Sunday Boxing Day
Dec 31 Friday New Year's Eve