Public schools are closed on Good Friday

Holidays in Bavaria

The Bavarian law on the protection of Sundays and public holidays (Public Holidays Act - FTG) determines the public holidays and the silent days and regulates their protection. On public holidays, as on Sundays, publicly noticeable work that is likely to impair the holiday rest is forbidden, unless otherwise stipulated by law. Restrictions on public entertainment are in effect on the quiet days.

Public holidays throughout Bavaria

  • January 1st - New Year
  • January 6th - Three Kings (Epiphany)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • May 1st - Labor Day
  • Ascension of Christ
  • Whit Monday
  • Corpus Christi
  • October 3 - German Unity Day
  • November 1st - All Saints' Day
  • December 25th - Christmas Day
  • December 26th - Boxing Day

Public holidays in parts of Bavaria

  • August 15th (Assumption of Mary): Only in parishes with a predominantly Catholic population. You can find out which municipalities these are from the State Office for Statistics.
  • August 8th (Peace Festival): Only in the city of Augsburg.

Quiet days

In addition to the holidays, there are also silent days. On quiet days, public entertainment events that do not correspond to the serious nature of those days are prohibited. However, sporting events are permitted, with the exception of Good Friday and Prayer and Repentance Day. The following days are set as silent days:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday: On Good Friday, any kind of musical performance in rooms with a bar is strictly forbidden.
  • Holy Saturday
  • November 1st - All Saints' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Dead Sunday
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • December 24th - Christmas Eve

The protection of the silent days begins at 2:00 a.m., on Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 12:00 a.m. and on Christmas Eve at 2:00 p.m. it ends at midnight.