Germany bank holidays 2021 contain the list of bank holidays that is observed across the country of Germany. Whenever a new year comes knocking at our door, we are not only filled with hope of a wonderful year, but also want to know about the holidays that can be spent enjoying with family and friends.

Might it be bank employees or any professional, everybody needs to get a break and relax for a while. The holidays help you do that. The team at 123NewYear has worked hard to get the list ready for you. Plan the year, so that you can go on vacations or even a log weekend getaway. As per the state legislation, banks remain closed on public holidays and these holidays are known as bank holidays. The employees get a day off to relax or enjoy, basically they get to do what they wish.

The German constitution says specifically that post offices and banks are supposed to stay closed on Sundays and these bank holidays. The list offers the dates of the holidays along with some insight into the culture and traditions behind the holiday or how they are celebrated.

Here is the list of bank holidays for the year 2021 that the people of Germany observe.

National and Local holidays

New Year's Day
 Friday - 1st of January 2021  National holiday

 All states

New Year's Day, which is on January 1, or the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, is a public holiday in Germany.

In Germany, this day is also called “Neujahr” or “Neujahrstag”. This day is the main day of the Georgian Calendar. Many individuals commend the beginning of a radical new year by visiting bars and parties as the clock strikes twelve, on the previous night.

The vast majority of these gatherings last till the early hours of the first day of the New Year. Many individuals like to spend whatever remains of the day unwinding with their family at home which is typically trailed by lunch or night supper. The festivals on the last day of the previous year include shows like firecrackers and so much more.


International Women's Day
 Monday - 8th of March 2021  Common local holiday

 Berlin  

International Women's Day is a common local holiday in Germany


Good Friday
 Friday - 2nd of April 2021  National holiday

 All states

Many Christians in Germany observe the Good Friday public holiday to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Good Friday signifies the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and is known in Germany as “Karfreitag”. This is the Friday that falls prior to Easter Sunday. People spend this day grieving. Individuals go to church and attend special held for God Friday.

Plays portraying the story of Jesus Christ’s life are organized at various institutions. Fish is the more popular option for meals on this day, rather than meat. It is additionally the start of a long weekend. Numerous individuals accept this occasion to go on little excursions.


Easter Monday
 Monday - 5th of April 2021  National holiday

 All states

Many people in Germany annually observe Easter Monday on the day after Easter Sunday. It is a public holiday in all states.

"Ostermontag" is another public holiday of Germany, which is known as Easter Monday in the rest of the world. Right after Easter Sunday, Easter Monday falls on the next Monday. This day denotes the resurrection or revival of Jesus Christ.

Individuals partake in flame lit parades, early in the morning, which is trailed by chapel services. The grieving time frame reaches an end with the celebrations. Tremendous dinners are organized. Eating Easter bunnies and Easter eggs made out of chocolate is a traditional custom.


May Day
 Saturday - 1st of May 2021  National holiday

 All states

May Day in Germany is a holiday to celebrate the start of spring and to campaign for workers' rights. It is always on May 1.

In Germany, Labor Day is also called “Tag der Arbeit”. This day commends the rights of workers. Labor Day concurs with the occasion of May Day in Germany. Celebrations incorporate getting ready of Maypoles that are basically branches, which are enclosed in ribbons.

Different merriments incorporate bonfires and other festivities. Individuals additionally partake in encourages to battle for laborer’s rights.


Ascension Day
 Thursday - 13th of May 2021  National holiday

 All states

Ascension Day in Germany is on a Thursday 39 days after Easter Sunday.

“Christi Himmelfahrt” is known as Ascension Day in the country of Germany. Ascension Day symbolizes the day when Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It is observed 39 days post Easter Sunday.

Individuals attend church services that are specially held for on Ascension Day and individuals might participate in religious parades as well. “International Charlemagne Prize” is presented on this day, in Aachen, to somebody who had made a huge commitment towards mankind and world peace. This day corresponds with the Father’s Day.


Whit Monday
 Monday - 24th of May 2021  National holiday

 All states

The Second Day of Pentecost is, which is on the Monday after Pentecost (or Whitsunday), is a public holiday in Germany.

Whit Monday is the Monday after Whit Sunday, which takes place 2 days post Pentecost. In Germany, it is known as “Pfingstmontag”. According to Bible, it recognizes the descent of the Holy Spirit on the pupils of Jesus Christ. Customarily festivities occur in chapel consistently. On this day young fellows place branches of the birch tree on the walls of that young lady’s home, whom they desire to get married to.


Peace Festival in Augsburg
 Sunday - 8th of August 2021  Local holiday

 Bavaria  

The Augsburg Peace Festival in Germany celebrates the implementation of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 CE. It is on August 8 each year.


German World Children's Day
 Monday - 20th of September 2021  Common local holiday

 Thuringia  

German World Children's Day is a common local holiday in Germany


Day of German Unity
 Sunday - 3rd of October 2021  National holiday

 All states

German Unity Day celebrates Germany's unification in 1990. It is on October 3 each year.

“Tag der Deutschen Einheit” is the name by which Germans know this day. It is held every year to mark the day, when Germany was unified. On this day the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany were united to form Federal Germany on the 3rd of October in the year 1990. The celebrations incorporate shows, which include firecracker as well as scrumptious meals.


Reformation Day
 Sunday - 31st of October 2021  Common local holiday

 Brandenburg   Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   Saxony   Saxony-Anhalt   Thuringia   Schleswig-Holstein   Hamburg   Lower Saxony   Bremen  

Reformation Day in Germany is annually observed on October 31 to remember the Reformation, a time of big religious change between 1517 CE and 1648 CE.

“Reformationstag” is the name for Day of Reformation in Germany. It denotes the religious reformations, which occurred all over the entire of Europe. In 1517, on this very day Marin Luther, the German scholar and priest, had nailed a rundown of his proposition on the doors of churches. This occasion denoted the start of religious and social changes in Europe.


Christmas Eve
 Friday - 24th of December 2021  Half-day holiday

 All states

Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and the start of the Christmas celebration. It always falls on December 24 in Germany.

“Weihnachtstag” is the name for Christmas in Germany and is a public holiday all over the country and celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. This day is loaded with a lot of merriment and joy. The entire family meets up for a huge feast and the tables are set with customary luxuries which incorporate Roasted duck or goose with stuffing, mashed potatoes, dumplings and numerous more dishes.

People adorn their houses with beautiful Christmas pyramids, Christmas trees and nut crackers. Individuals go to chapel benefits and sing Christmas songs.


Christmas Day
 Saturday - 25th of December 2021  National holiday

 All states

Christmas Day marks the birth of Jesus Christ and is a public holiday in Germany. It is on December 25 each year.


Boxing Day
 Sunday - 26th of December 2021  National holiday

 All states

The Second Day of Christmas is a public holiday in Germany. It always falls on December 26.

St. Stephen’s Day is also known as “Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag”. It is a day when the first Christian martyr, St Stephen is remembered by devout Christians. Individuals as a rule spend this day unwinding at home with loved ones. A few people might also go to extraordinary church services.


New Year's Eve
 Friday - 31st of December 2021  Half-day holiday

 All states

New Year's Eve in Germany is annually celebrated on December 31. It is the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.


Other important days

Epiphany
 Wednesday - 6th of January 2021  Christian

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   Saxony-Anhalt  

Epiphany on January 6 is a public holiday in 3 German states and commemorates the Bible story of the Magi's visit to baby Jesus.

“Epiphanias” and “Erscheinung des Herrn” are the names of the public holiday Epiphany, which are popular in Germany. Three wise men also known as Magi, had gone to Jesus Christ, after he was born, on this day. Individuals go to chapel to attend special services.

The patios of houses are enriched with icons and other decorations to depict the scene. Youngsters dressed as Magi’s visit houses and sing hymns to gather cash for charitable reasons. Individuals likewise drink a German beer on this day known as bockbier.


Franco-German Day
 Friday - 22nd of January 2021  Observance

 All states

Franco-German Day is a observance in Germany


Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism
 Wednesday - 27th of January 2021  Observance

 All states

Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism is a observance in Germany


European Privacy Day
 Thursday - 28th of January 2021  Observance

 All states

European Privacy Day is a observance in Germany


Children's Hospice Day
 Wednesday - 10th of February 2021  Observance

 All states

Children's Hospice Day is a observance in Germany


Valentine's Day
 Sunday - 14th of February 2021  Observance

 All states

Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love, romance and friendship.


Shrove Monday
 Monday - 15th of February 2021  Observance

 All states

Carnival Monday is two days before Ash Wednesday and parades are held in many Catholic areas of Germany.


Carnival / Shrove Tuesday
 Tuesday - 16th of February 2021  Observance

 All states

Shrove Tuesday is a religious holiday that is on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as the Tuesday of Carnival, which is a festive occasion among many cultures.


Carnival / Ash Wednesday
 Wednesday - 17th of February 2021  Observance

 All states

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in western Christian churches.


International Women's Day
 Monday - 8th of March 2021  Observance

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   Brandenburg   Bremen   Hamburg   Hesse   Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   Lower Saxony   North Rhine-Westphalia   Rhineland-Palatinate   Saarland   Saxony   Saxony-Anhalt   Schleswig-Holstein   Thuringia  

International Women's Day is a observance in Germany


International Women's Day
 Monday - 8th of March 2021  Observance

 All states

International Women's Day is a observance in Germany


St. Patrick's Day
 Wednesday - 17th of March 2021  Observance

 All states

St Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish culture and commemorates one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick, on or around March 17.


March Equinox
 Saturday - 20th of March 2021  Season

 All states

March Equinox in Germany (Berlin)


Daylight Saving Time starts
 Sunday - 28th of March 2021  Clock change/Daylight Saving Time

 All states

Daylight Saving Time starts in Germany


Palm Sunday
 Sunday - 28th of March 2021  Observance

 All states

Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that commemorates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also the start of Holy Week.


Maundy Thursday
 Thursday - 1st of April 2021  Observance

 All states

Maundy Thursday is a Christian observance on the Thursday during Holy Week. It is the day before Good Friday.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 4th of April 2021  Christian

 Brandenburg  

Easter Sunday is a holiday in Germany to celebrate the Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 4th of April 2021  Observance

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   Berlin   Bremen   Hamburg   Hesse   Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   Lower Saxony   North Rhine-Westphalia   Rhineland-Palatinate   Saarland   Saxony   Saxony-Anhalt   Schleswig-Holstein   Thuringia  

Easter Sunday is a holiday in Germany to celebrate the Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible.


Girls' Day - Career Information Day
 Thursday - 22nd of April 2021  Observance

 All states

Girls' Day - Career Information Day is a observance in Germany


German Beer Day
 Friday - 23rd of April 2021  Observance

 All states

German Beer Day is a observance in Germany


Walpurgis Night
 Friday - 30th of April 2021  Observance

 All states

Walpurgis Night is a observance in Germany


Europe Day (Council of Europe)
 Wednesday - 5th of May 2021  Observance

 All states

Europe Day (Council of Europe) is a observance in Germany


Anniversary of the End of World War II
 Saturday - 8th of May 2021  Observance

 All states


Mother's Day
 Sunday - 9th of May 2021  Observance

 All states

Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures.

In the year 1933, Mother’s Day was declared as a public holiday. “Tag der Mutter” is the name of this day in Germany. It is commended to recognize the unlimited and selfless endeavors of moms and mother figures.

It is generally celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Be that as it may if Pentecost happens to be around the same time, it gets preponed to the first Sunday. Individuals for the most part either do something special for their mothers or present them with gifts like chocolates, flowers, and sweet little gifts.


Europe Day (European Union)
 Sunday - 9th of May 2021  Observance

 All states

Europe Day (European Union) is a observance in Germany


Father's Day
 Thursday - 13th of May 2021  Observance

 All states

Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting on different dates worldwide.

“Vatertag” is the German name for Father’s Day. On this day, celebrations are organized to pay tribute to fathers or father figures. Individuals present their fathers with different types of gifts like chocolates, watches, books and wine bottles to name some. These gifts are just to say thank you for all the support that they received from their Father/father figures.


Whit Sunday
 Sunday - 23rd of May 2021  Observance

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   Berlin   Bremen   Hamburg   Hesse   Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   Lower Saxony   North Rhine-Westphalia   Rhineland-Palatinate   Saarland   Saxony   Saxony-Anhalt   Schleswig-Holstein   Thuringia  

Pentecost is a Christian holiday to remember the Holy Spirit's descent onto Jesus' followers.


Whit Sunday
 Sunday - 23rd of May 2021  Christian

 Brandenburg  

Pentecost is a Christian holiday to remember the Holy Spirit's descent onto Jesus' followers.


Constitution Day
 Sunday - 23rd of May 2021  Observance

 All states

Constitution Day is a observance in Germany


International Childrens' Day
 Tuesday - 1st of June 2021  Observance

 Berlin   Brandenburg   Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   Saxony   Saxony-Anhalt   Thuringia  

International Childrens' Day is a observance in Germany


Corpus Christi
 Thursday - 3rd of June 2021  Christian

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   Hesse   North Rhine-Westphalia   Rhineland-Palatinate   Saarland   Saxony   Thuringia  

Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist and is public holiday in some parts of Germany.

“Fronleichnam” is the German name for Corpus Christi, which is celebrated to pay tribute to the Eucharist. This day is observed around sixty days post Easter Sunday. Numerous individuals go to attend unique church services.

From that point onward, honored holy observance which comprises of wafers or breads is paraded outside. On this day, another tradition is “Muelheimer Gottestracht”, which is basically a procession of ships that occur on the Rhine stream in Cologne, since 1435. Individuals can also take a ride on a couple of boats in this parade.


European Bicycle Day
 Thursday - 3rd of June 2021  Observance

 All states

European Bicycle Day is a observance in Germany


Visually Impaired People Day
 Sunday - 6th of June 2021  Observance

 All states

Visually Impaired People Day is a observance in Germany


Car-free Sunday
 Sunday - 20th of June 2021  Observance

 All states

Car-free Sunday is a observance in Germany


June Solstice
 Monday - 21st of June 2021  Season

 All states

June Solstice in Germany (Berlin)


Architecture Day
 Saturday - 26th of June 2021  Observance

 All states

Architecture Day is a observance in Germany


Assumption of Mary
 Sunday - 15th of August 2021  Christian

 Saarland   Bavaria  

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is an occasion for Catholics to honor the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary to heaven. It is a public holiday in some parts of Germany on August 15 each year.

Assumption day is a Christian holiday that is also known as “Maria Himmelfahrt”. The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is observed for the day when the Mother Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, left this world to go to Heaven. Individuals go to the church to attend special services that are held on this day along with religious parades that are held in a few places.


World Peace Day
 Wednesday - 1st of September 2021  Observance

 All states

World Peace Day is a observance in Germany


German Language Day
 Saturday - 11th of September 2021  Observance

 All states

German Language Day is a observance in Germany


European Heritage Days
 Sunday - 12th of September 2021  Observance

 All states

European Heritage Days is a observance in Germany


German World Children's Day
 Monday - 20th of September 2021  Observance

 All states

German World Children's Day is a observance in Germany


September Equinox
 Wednesday - 22nd of September 2021  Season

 All states

September Equinox in Germany (Berlin)


Harvest Festival
 Sunday - 3rd of October 2021  Observance

 All states

Harvest Festival is a observance in Germany


Grandparents' Day
 Sunday - 10th of October 2021  Observance

 Bavaria  

Grandparents' Day is a observance in Germany


Day of the Libraries
 Sunday - 24th of October 2021  Observance

 All states

Day of the Libraries is a observance in Germany


World Thrift Day
 Friday - 29th of October 2021  Observance

 All states

World Thrift Day is a observance in Germany


Daylight Saving Time ends
 Sunday - 31st of October 2021  Clock change/Daylight Saving Time

 All states

Daylight Saving Time ends in Germany


Halloween
 Sunday - 31st of October 2021  Observance

 All states

Halloween is a festive occasion that is celebrated in many countries on October 31 each year.


All Saints' Day
 Monday - 1st of November 2021  Christian

 Baden-Württemberg   Bavaria   North Rhine-Westphalia   Rhineland-Palatinate   Saarland  

All Saints' Day is an annual public holiday in five German states to remember all Christian saints on November 1.

All Saints Day is also known as “Allerheiligen” and is celebrated in honor of the Christian saints and the life that they lead. Individuals pay tribute to their expired relatives and furthermore light candles in chapel recollecting their memories.

They additionally visit graves of their loved ones to decorate with blooms and candles on this day. Individuals additionally go to unique church administrations to appeal to God for the everlasting tranquility of their perished companions and relatives.


Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day
 Tuesday - 9th of November 2021  Observance

 All states

Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day is a observance in Germany


Fall of the Berlin Wall
 Tuesday - 9th of November 2021  Observance

 All states

Fall of the Berlin Wall is a observance in Germany


St. Martin's Day
 Thursday - 11th of November 2021  Observance

 All states

St. Martin's Day is celebrated in Germany every year on November 11.


National Day of Mourning
 Sunday - 14th of November 2021  Observance

 All states

On the National Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) many Germans commemorate all victims of war and tyranny.


Repentance Day
 Wednesday - 17th of November 2021  Christian

 Saxony  

The Day of Prayer and Repentance is a Protestant holiday and a public holiday in the state of Saxony (Sachsen) on the last Wednesday before November 23.

“Buss-und Bettag” is the name for Repentance Day in Germany, but it is also known as the Day of Prayer and Repentance. This day is observed as a public holiday in the state of Saxony, Germany. This is commended eleven days before the start of the Advent.

On the occasion of Repentance Day, Protestant Christians pray or think deeply about good deeds. While individuals of Saxony spend this occasion with their loved ones, other parts of Germany do not consider this to be a holiday.


Sunday of the Dead
 Sunday - 21st of November 2021  Observance

 All states

The Sunday of the Dead in Germany is an occasion to remember those who have passed away.


First Advent Sunday
 Sunday - 28th of November 2021  Observance

 All states

The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year.


Second Advent Sunday
 Sunday - 5th of December 2021  Observance

 All states

Second Advent Sunday is a observance and Christian holiday in Germany


Saint Nicholas Day
 Monday - 6th of December 2021  Observance

 All states

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 in many European countries, as well as areas across the world that boast a strong European influence.


Third Advent Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of December 2021  Observance

 All states

Third Advent Sunday is a observance and Christian holiday in Germany


Fourth Advent Sunday
 Sunday - 19th of December 2021  Observance

 All states

Fourth Advent Sunday is a observance and Christian holiday in Germany


Remembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by Genocide
 Sunday - 19th of December 2021  Observance

 All states

Remembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by Genocide is a observance in Germany


December Solstice
 Tuesday - 21st of December 2021  Season

 All states

December Solstice in Germany (Berlin)