New Year's Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.
Friday January 6, 2017
Catholic or protestant : The term comes from ancient Greek and means appearance . Celebrated on the 6th January, this feast corresponds to the presentation of Child Jesus to the Magi. This is the day of Jesus' first miracle, the Wedding in Cana , and the day of his own baptism
Christmas holiday (end) -
Monday January 9, 2017
School holidays (please double check) : Www.help.gv.at - Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft Und Kultur calendar issued by the Ministry of Education confirmed till Sep 2017
Immaculate Conception -
Friday December 8, 2017
Catholic : Dogma that Mary was from the first moment of conception, totally free from the stain of original sin.
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 23, 2016
School holidays (please double check) :
Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.
St Stephen's Day -
Monday December 26, 2016
Catholic or protestant : Remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.