German Holidays and Celebrations in 2021

Germany is a great country to live in. The rich culture that Germany is enriched with has a great influence on the German holidays and celebrations. Celebrations in Germany are carried forward with zest and happiness all over Germany. They have some or the other event going on all year which makes the country swirl in merriment and joy. The Germans do their celebrations right. Celebrations in Germany include dance, beer and some amazing traditional German food which is devoured by all in Germany. In this article, we will talk about the extensive festival list of Germany. If you are planning to go to Germany for a vacation, you can refer to this list and choose the best time of the year for your holiday.

Germany has a generous number of celebrations throughout the year. More celebrations mean more holidays! Just like Sundays, on the day of any celebration, German businesses are shut and Germans are celebrating to the fullest. Celebrations in Germany are very similar to the celebrations of the rest of Europe. Here is a festival list of Germany: –


Januar Neujahr

Januar Neujahr is what Germans call the New Year. The first day of the new year is brought in with grand celebrations. There is good food, great drinks and smiling faces all over Germany on the first day of the year. The New Year is brought in with an absolute bang since there are fireworks all over Germany at 12am on New Year’s Eve. The Germans drink a traditional drink on this day which is called Feuerzangenbowle. Its main ingredients are red wine, rum, oranges, lemons, cinnamon, and cloves. Every German just loves this drink and the Feuerzangenbowle is always a great part of the New Year celebrations in Germany.



Fastnacht is the German version of Mardi Gras, the last opportunity to celebrate before the Lenten season. This day goes by many names, Fastnacht, Fasching, Fasnacht, Fasnet, or Karneval.

A highlight of the main highlight, the Rosenmontag, is the so-called Weiberfastnacht or Fat Thursday, celebrated on the Thursday before Karneval. This day holds a lot of importance for the Germans. They believe that the day is extremely auspicious and is celebrated to drive out an evil spirits if they are present.

The Rosenmontag is the main celebration day of Karneval, which features parades, and ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits. Germans are extremely spiritual people and believe in the stories of good and evil.


Ostern is the German version of Easter which is joyously celebrated in most parts of the world. This day is celebrated with the fertility related icons such as eggs, flowers and rabbits. Germans love the day of Ostern. There is happiness all over Germany on this auspicious day. The three major German-speaking countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) are predominantly Christian. The art of decorating hollowed-out eggs is an Austrian and German tradition. A little bit to the east, in Poland, Easter is a way more relevant holiday than in Germany. However, most of Germany is celebrating the grand festival of Easter on the day of Ostern.



Germany is known for the grand Oktoberfest which happens in Munich every year. It is a 16 day long festival which takes place in the month of September. These 16 days are the craziest in Germany. Everybody is partying, eating traditional German food and enjoying gallons of beer. Oktoberfest is one of the greatest celebrations in Germany. People from all over the world go to Germany to experience this delightful event. The Oktoberfest ranks number one on the Festival list of Germany. If you are in Germany during the month of September, head to Munich to enjoy this fabulous event. It is celebrated with great zest in Germany.



Germans celebrate the Erntedankfest as the Thanksgiving festival in Germany. Thanksgiving in most of the German speaking countries is called Erntedankfest. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of October and it is characterised by the principle of gratefulness. That is what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it?  The Erntedankfest day is primarily a religious holiday, but with dancing, food, music, and parades. The American Thanksgiving tradition of eating turkey has usurped the traditional meal of goose in recent years. However, the Germans follow the Erntedankfest very religiously every year. It is one of the best celebrations on the festival list in Germany. If you get to experience the Erntedankfest, you definitely must see how the Germans celebrate it traditionally.



The Feast of Saint Martin, the Germanic Martinstag celebration, is sort of like a combination of Halloween and Thanksgiving. The legend of Saint Martin tells the story of the dividing of the cloak, when Martin, then a soldier in the Roman army, tore his cloak in two to share it with a freezing beggar at Amiens. It is celebrated wonderfully by Germans.



Weihnachten is Christmas time in Germany! Germans celebrate Christmas in the most extravagant way possible. They have cute Christmas markets set up all around the streets and the beautiful country is covered in a blanket of thick, white snow.

The Christmas tree is also a German creation. Germans started the ritual of decorating a Christmas tree on the day of Christmas and today it is avital ritual in most cultures. Germans really know how to do Christmas right with amazing food, drinks and traditional Christmas folks and carols.



Doesn’t Germany sound absolutely exciting? What are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Germany to experience these celebrations!

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