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Sundays and public holidays are afforded special protection in Germany. A related law (Feiertagsgesetz, FTG) prohibits publicly conspicuous activities that would disrupt the tranquility such days are meant to provide.

The FTG designates the following as public holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Epiphany (January 6)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • International Workers' Day (May 1)
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Corpus Christi
  • All Saints' Day (November 1)
  • Christmas and Boxing Day (December 25-26) 

Based on German federal law, October 3 is also observed as German Unification Day. Those holidays for which no date is specified fall on different days every year. A simple online search is enough to find out when a particular holiday will be observed in a given year. 

If you belong to a religious community other than Christianity, you may be able to have your child (or children) excused from school on the religious holidays you observe. This applies, for example, to Muslims – the largest religious minority in Germany – who celebrate Eid al-Adha. Since this is not a public holiday in Germany, only the first day is observed in most cases. It is possible, however, to have Muslim students excused from school for this initial day. To do so, their parents (or legal guardians) must submit a corresponding request in due time to their children's class teachers.