Carnival (during 5 days from this date on) -
Thursday February 8, 2018
Culture : In Cologne, Crazy Days have been prepared since November. People wear costumes. Girls try to cut men's neckties.
A second carnival is dedicated to ghosts and ends with the burning of Nubbel , a straw figure. In Cologne only
Shrove Monday -
Sunday February 11, 2018
Culture : 'Rosenmontag' is celebrated in the carnival strongholds of Germany (Hochburgen), East Belgium, but also Austria and some cantons of Switzerland,
Monday February 12, 2018
Culture : During one week (starting with the date indicated), there are carnivals in several towns and regions in Germany (Catholic regions). For business, avoid the Thursday (in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Bavaria and Baden-Württenberg). and the Monday (in Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf. The days of Carnival (the week, which ends with Ash Wednesday) are not offical holidays. Only Carnival Monday and Shrove Tuesday are de-facto -holidays in the "strongholds" of Carnival (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mainz and Aachen - but also in several townships in the "western" states), because of the traditional Carnival-Processions.
Tuesday February 27, 2018
Tradeshows : Lasts 5 days in Düsseldorf 2018 confirmed
Easter holiday (beginning) -
Friday March 23, 2018
School holidays :
Good Friday -
Friday March 30, 2018
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.