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Carnival / Ash Wednesday in Germany

Ash Wednesday is known as the first day of Lent for many Christians worldwide. It is the beginning of the Lenten fast. The Lenten fast lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday.

Is Carnival / Ash Wednesday a Public Holiday?

While Carnival / Ash Wednesday is not a public holiday, it is categorized as a silent day (stiller Tag) in all or part of Germany. In some states, special restrictions may apply for certain types of activities, such as concerts or dance events. Depending on the state, businesses may follow normal or restricted opening hours, or they may be closed for the day.

Ash is an important symbol of Ash Wednesday in many Christian churches.

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Carnival / Ash Wednesday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015Wed18 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2016Wed10 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2017Wed1 MarCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2018Wed14 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2019Wed6 MarCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2020Wed26 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2021Wed17 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2022Wed2 MarCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2023Wed22 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2024Wed14 FebCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day
2025Wed5 MarCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day

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