HOLIDAYS IN NEUSS
Two different types of statutory holidays exist in Germany, either religious or political. Some of them are nationwide while others are to be found only in certain federal states. If the fixed date falls on a Sunday for instance, then that day off is lost for most of the workforce, since the day is free anyway. Celebrations that are not free days include Thanksgiving, Erntedankfest, St Martins, Halloween and St Nicolas. Regional vacations that include Carneval Rose Monday Rosenmontag in North Rhine Westphalia.
Political holidays are fixed to a date and include Labour Day, which is officially called “day of the confession of freedom and peace, social justice, national reconciliation and human dignity”. Unification Day is another. Since 1990, October 3 is celebrated as Day of German Unification because this was the year when the reunion of East and West Germany became effective after 40 years of separation throughout the Cold War.
Religious holidays are notable in that both Protestant and Catholic celebrations receive equal representation throughout Germany. Protestant and Catholic Christian belief stamped most holidays, such as Easter, All Saint’s or Christmas. Other festivities have more pagan or rural origins. These holidays follow the church calendar. Dates include:
January 1New Year, Neujahr
March or April variableGood Friday, Karfreitag
March or April variableEaster Monday, Ostermontag
May 1Labour Day, Maifeiertag
May or June variableAscension Day, Christi Himmelfahrt
June variableWhit Monday, Pfingstmontag
June variableCorpus Christi, Fronleichnam
October 3Unification Day, Tag der Deutschen Einheit
November 1All Saint’s Day, Allerheiligen
December 25Christmas Day, 1. Weihnachtstag
December 26Boxing Day, 2. Weihnachtstag
By Vincent Green / Feb 29 2020
PETS IN NEUSS
Germans, on the whole, love and respect pets and are friendly towards dogs. Dogs are permitted on public transport and inside restaurants but keeping a pet on a leash is a must. Dog ownership is highly regulated and taxed through a compulsory licence fee. .
ELECTRICITY IN NEUSS
The cost of electricity is not normally included in the additional charges, Nebenkosten, when renting a house or flat in Neuss nor Germany. Prices are high and unfortunately power has long been sourced from open cast mines, which is damaging to us all.