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Festivals in Germany

Germany is famous for its colorful festivals. A German proverb says, “Festivities have to be celebrated the time they are”. Germany hosts a lot of festivals every year and almost every village in Germany has its own summer fairs. Festivals in Germany are unique and have their own significance. Germany festivals can be categorized into seven categories – Religious Festivals in Germany, Bayreuth Festival, Fairs in Germany, Film Festivals in Germany, LGBT Events in Germany, Music Festivals in Germany, and Sports Festivals in Germany.

Holy Three King’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, All Saints' Day, Christmas, and St Stephen's Day are religious festivals in Germany. Germany has a large number of film festivals. Berlin International Film Festival and International Women's Film Festival Dortmund are famous film festivals in Germany. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender events. Christopher Street Day, Cologne Pride, and Folsom Europe are known as LGBT events in Germany. Jazz Fest Berlin is one of the most famous music festivals in Germany. The dates for sports festivals are fixed by the local concerned committee in association with the organization at international level. Other festivals in Germany are Flames Festival, Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, Women's World Cup 2015, Bach Fest in Leipzig, Wine Festival & Wurstmarkt in Bad Durkheim and Christmas Markets.

Germany Celebrations 2015

Attending celebrations in Germany is the best way to get familiarity with the culture of Germany. The dates for festivals in Germany vary every year. Germany festivals 2015 start with the celebration of New Year on the 1st January and end with the celebration of Saint Stephen’s Day on the 26th December. It is hard to mention each & every celebration here. So, we have mentioned only major festivals/events of Germany. Look at the following and plan a trip to Germany according to the dates of festivals.

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Festivals Place Date
New Year National 1 January
Holy Three Kings' Day Bavaria & Black Forest 6 January
Fasching (Mardi Gras carnival season) Across the country 12 February - 18 February
Berlin International Film Festival Berlin 5 February – 14 February
Good Friday National 3 April
Easter National 5-6 April
Ascension Day National 14 May
Meistertrunk Show Rothenberg 22–25 May
Wine Fests Mosel River region Early September
Assumption Bavaria 15 August
Berlin Festwochen(arts festival) Berlin September
Reichsstadt Festival Rothenberg Early September
Oktoberfest Munich 19 September
German Unity Day National 3 October
Reformation Day National 31 October
All Saints' Day Southern Germany 1 November
JazzFest Berlin Berlin 30 October - 2 November
Christmas National 25 December
St. Stephen's Day National 26 December