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holidays for North Rhine-Westphalia at a glance

Easter holiday06.04 - 18.04
Whitsun holiday02.06
Summer holiday29.06 - 11.08
Fall holiday12.10 - 24.10
Christmas holiday23.12 - 06.01
Christmas holiday23.12 - 06.01
Easter holiday29.03 - 10.04
Whitsun holiday25.05
Summer holiday05.07 - 17.08
Fall holiday11.10 - 23.10
Christmas holiday24.12 - 08.01

Shared holidays of all states

If your are from Hamburg, for example, and want to know, when it might be possible to visit your friends with school-age children in Saarland, simply choose 'Hamburg' and 'Saarland'. You can now see those dates of the year, on which you and your friends have school holidays.

Holidays for 2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia



statutory holiday in all states


Good Friday

statutory holiday in all states

Good Friday is after the Friday before Eastern. On Good Friday one thinks of the death of Jesus Christ. It is part of the so called Good Week, which begins after Palm Sunday, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and ends with Good Saturday.


Easter monday

statutory holiday in all states

Easter Monday ist the monday after Easter Sunday. As second holiday it is actually not an Easternday. The Christian background of this holiday is the encounter of two disciples with the risen Christ.


1st May: Day of work

statutory holiday in all states

In old traditions, the 1st May is an holiday as well (Dance into May, Walpurgis Night, May trees, etc.). Since 1890 it is rededicated to “Achievements of the international labor movement”.



statutory holiday in all states

The Ascencion of Christ is 39 days after Easter Monday, for this it always on thursday. The christian background is the ascension of Jesus Christ to his father God in heaven after his resurrection (Eastern). Secular oriented citizens see this day as “Father´s Day”, proper men´s tours included.


Whit Monday

statutory holiday in all states

Whit Monday is 49 days after Easter Sunday. Here, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost onto the disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ is celebrated.


Corpus Christi

statutory holiday in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland

Corpus Christi, the „Solemnity of body and blood of Christ“, is celebrated on the 60th day after Easter Sunday with masses and processions.
In Sachsen it is only in certain regions of the counties Bautzen and Westlausitz a legal holiday. In Thüringen is the Department of the Interior able to set Corpus Christi as a legal holiday by changing the ordinance.


German Unification Day

statutory holiday in all states

Since 1990 the 3rd of October is Germany´s National Holiday, thinking of the Reunion. In Western Germany this holiday was celebrated on the 17th of June, rembering the national uprising in the DDR that was abolished on this day of October in 1953.


All Saints` Day

statutory holiday in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland

The feast day of the Saints of the christian church is always on the 1st of november.


1st Christmas Eve (in Germany)

statutory holiday in all states

Main celebration day of Christmas (in Germany)


2nd Christmas Eve (in Germany)

statutory holiday in all states

statutory holiday in

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