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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 next 3 months


Currency: Euro (EUR)
Internet domain: .de - Telephone code: +49 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
European Truck Ban: 00:00 to 22:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns; 07:00 to 20:00 in August
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Friday September 30, 2022Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday October 17, 2022Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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Tuesday October 18, 2022AnugaTradeshows
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Tuesday October 18, 2022INTERGEOTradeshows
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Thursday December 22, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 20222nd Christmas DaySecular holiday
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday January 16, 2023IMM CologneTradeshows
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Thursday February 16, 2023Carnival (during 5 days from this date on)Events, celebrations...
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Sunday February 19, 2023Shrove MondayEvents, celebrations...
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Monday February 20, 2023CarnivalEvents, celebrations...
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Sunday February 26, 2023EuroshopTradeshows
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Fall holiday (beginning)

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Friday September 30, 2022
School holidays :

Fall holiday (end)

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Monday October 17, 2022
School holidays :

Anuga

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Tuesday October 18, 2022
Tradeshows : Lasts 4 days, www.anuga.com/ in Cologne 2022 edition CONFIRMED

INTERGEO

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Tuesday October 18, 2022
Tradeshows : Lasts 3 days - Geoinformation www.intergeo.de/ in Essen 2022 edition CONFIRMED

Christmas holiday (beginning)

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Thursday December 22, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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.

2nd Christmas Day

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Monday December 26, 2022
Secular holiday :

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Christmas holiday (end)

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Monday January 9, 2023
School holidays : Www.ferien-in-nrw.de
calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
all study programs are aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
PISA ranking (average 493): 509 (among the 15 best WW)
school day duration: 5:30 hours
Schooling is mandatory till age 16
number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 752
Usually no school on Saturday
No uniform required
University of Münster ranking: Times Higher Education #161/QS ranking #308/Shanghai #101-150

Dates confirmed till May 2024

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IMM Cologne

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Monday January 16, 2023
Tradeshows : Www.imm-cologne.com/ lasts one week - 2023 edition confirmed

Carnival (during 5 days from this date on)

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Thursday February 16, 2023
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

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Sunday February 19, 2023
Culture : 'Rosenmontag' is celebrated in the carnival strongholds of Germany (Hochburgen), East Belgium, but also Austria and some cantons of Switzerland,

Carnival

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Monday February 20, 2023
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

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Sunday February 26, 2023
Tradeshows : Https://www.euroshop-tradefair.com/ lasts 5 days in Düsseldorf 2023 edition confirmed