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Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months



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Carnival (during 5 days from this date on)**Thursday February 8, 2018Culture 
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Shrove Monday*Sunday February 11, 2018Culture 
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Carnival**Monday February 12, 2018Culture 
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Euroshop*Tuesday February 27, 2018Tradeshows 
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Easter holiday (beginning)Friday March 23, 2018School holidays 
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Good Friday*Friday March 30, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter**Sunday April 1, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 2, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter holiday (end)Monday April 9, 2018School holidays 
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Bonn Marathon*Sunday April 15, 2018Sports events 
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Düsseldorf Marathon*Sunday April 29, 2018Sports events 
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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (beginning)Friday May 18, 2018School holidays 
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Pentecost (beginning)Friday May 18, 2018School holidays 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 20, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday*Monday May 21, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (end)Tuesday May 22, 2018School holidays 
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Essen Ruhr Marathon*Sunday May 27, 2018Sports events 
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Pentecost (end)Monday May 28, 2018School holidays 
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Corpus Christi*Thursday May 31, 2018Catholic 
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Duisburg Marathon*Sunday June 3, 2018Sports events 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday July 13, 2018School holidays 
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summer holiday (end)Wednesday August 29, 2018School holidays 
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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,


Carnival -
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.


Euroshop -
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.


Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 2, 2018

Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.


Easter holiday (end) -
Monday April 9, 2018

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Bonn Marathon -
Sunday April 15, 2018

Sports events : Www.deutschepost-marathonbonn.de/ 2018 edition confirmed
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Düsseldorf Marathon -
Sunday April 29, 2018

Sports events : Www.rhein-marathon.de/ 2018 edition confirmed
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Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Ascension -
Thursday May 10, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.


Pentecost (beginning) -
Friday May 18, 2018

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Pentecost (beginning) -
Friday May 18, 2018

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Pentecost -
Sunday May 20, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday May 21, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.


Pentecost (end) -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

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Essen Ruhr Marathon -
Sunday May 27, 2018

Sports events : Www.vivawest-marathon.de/ 2018 edition confirmed
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Pentecost (end) -
Monday May 28, 2018

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Corpus Christi -
Thursday May 31, 2018

Catholic : For six hundred years that feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in 1970 the new Roman Missal, while retaining that day for some countries, provided that in others the feast be observed on the Sunday after Trinity. Commemorates the Last supper. Pope Urban IV ordered the observance of such a feast in 1264, and in the following century it became universal in the Western Church.


Duisburg Marathon -
Sunday June 3, 2018

Sports events : Www.rhein-ruhr-marathon.de/ 2018 edition confirmed
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Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday July 13, 2018

School holidays :


Summer holiday (end) -
Wednesday August 29, 2018

School holidays :