German Holidays & Tradition

By: Elizabeth Raines

German Holidays

January 1st

New Year's Day

January 6th

It is the arrival of Three Wise Men and it is during the last 12 days of Christmas.


They celebrate Mardi Gras which is like a carnival. The date is different each year.


Germans also celebrate Easter as well and is either late March or early May.

May 1st

May Day and it is known as Labor Day to us.


Oktoberfest and it is two week celebration starting late September and ending on the first Sunday of October.

October 3rd

German Unity Day, it is a national holiday that states the official date of German reunification.


National Day of Mourning and it is two weeks prior to the first Advent Sunday. It is in memory of all the Jews killed by the Nazi party during the Holocaust.

December 6th

St. Nicholas Day and it is when the children get small gifts from Saint Nicholas.

December 24th & 25th

Christmas eve and families get together around the Christmas tree and exchange gifts.

Christmas Day

German Traditions


Four weeks before Christmas, they celebrate Advent.


Six weeks before Easter, they begin Lent.


Oktoberfest is for 16 days and it is a festival in Munich. Oktoberfest attracts over 6 million people.

Easter Bunny

The name and idea of the Easter Bunny was created by the Germans