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holidays for Saxony at a glance

Winter holiday13.02 - 24.02
Easter holiday07.04 - 15.04
free period19.05
Summer holiday10.07 - 18.08
Fall holiday02.10 - 14.10
free period30.10
Christmas holiday23.12 - 02.01
Christmas holiday23.12 - 02.01
Winter holiday12.02 - 23.02
Easter holiday28.03 - 05.04
free period10.05
Whitsun holiday18.05 - 21.05
Summer holiday20.06 - 02.08
Fall holiday07.10 - 19.10
Christmas holiday23.12 - 03.01

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 2023 in Saxony



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.


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.


Reformation Day

statutory holiday in Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia

The Reformation Day is always on the 31st of October. It reminds of Martin Luther, posting the 95 thesis onto the door of the castles´ church. In Baden-Württemberg the schools are closed on this holiday.


Penance Day

statutory holiday in Saxony

Since 1995 the Penance Day is abolished as a work-free day, to compensate the surplus loads through the new introduced compulsory long term care insurance. The township of Sachsen kept the Penance Day as a holiday, therefore the employees pay an higher amount for the compulsory long term care insurance. The costs of this addition are higher than the benefit of the work-free day. So this arrangement can not be seen as pro-labor.


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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