Reformation Day in Saxony-Anhalt in 2019

Reformation Day in Saxony-Anhalt in 2019
  How long until Reformation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 73 days.
  Dates of Reformation Day in Saxony-Anhalt
2021 Sun, Oct 31Regional Holiday
2020 Sat, Oct 31Regional Holiday
2019 Thu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
2018 Wed, Oct 31Regional Holiday
2017 Tue, Oct 31Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 'these' to the door of the church in Wittenburg
  Local name
Reformationstag
  Reformation Day in other countries
Reformation Day internationally

Reformation Day in Germany

In Germany, the day is called 'Reformationstag' and may also be known as 'Luther’s Theses Day'. It is observed as a regional holiday in Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia.

October 31st is observed by most Protestant denominations as Reformation Day, and the preceding Sunday is known as Reformation Sunday.

More than half of Germany's 16 federal states have now declared Reformation Day a public holiday as Bremen, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg have begun to observe Reformation Day from 2018 to balance out the number of public holidays that each German state enjoys.

When is Reformation Day?

This public holiday is always celebrated on 31st October, except in Chile when it may be moved to a Friday depending on which day of the week it falls on.

History of Reformation Day

Reformation Day commemorates the day in 1517 when a German monk named Martin Luther (1483-1546) strode up to the church in Wittenburg and nailed his 95 'theses' (or propositions) to the church door.

Luther's intention when posting his theses was to highlight the practice of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church. Indulgences were pardons from sin that could be bought, meaning that those who were rich enough could buy forgiveness for all manner of sins.

Luther had hoped that pinning his protestations would spark wider debate and harden public opinion against the practice.

However, so many people agreed with his ideas that they quickly spread across western Europe, helped by the recent invention of the printing press, leading to the religious revolt known as the Reformation.

The reformation led many Christians to break off from the Roman Catholic Church and establish new, independent churches of their own, such as the Lutheran Church.

Reformation Day was first celebrated in the Germanic region in the seventeenth century and between 1949 and 1967, Reformation Day was a national holiday in East Germany.

Reformation Day in 2017

In 2017, 31 October was a public holiday in all of Germany to mark the 500th anniversary of the posting of the theses. Those German states which do not celebrate the Reformation Day as a holiday have passed adequate legislation or made regulations.

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