Public Holidays in Austria
Austria, nestled in the heart of Europe, is a country known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes. Its public holidays are a reflection of its deep-rooted traditions, history, and religious diversity, providing a glimpse into the soul of this beautiful nation.
New Year's Day (Neujahrstag) - January 1st
The year begins with jubilant celebrations, including fireworks and concerts in major cities. Austrians greet each other with "Prosit Neujahr" (Happy New Year) and enjoy festive meals.
Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige) - January 6th
This religious holiday marks the visit of the Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus. Many Austrians attend church services, and children dress up as the Magi and go door-to-door, singing carols.
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag) - Date Varies
Easter is a significant Christian holiday celebrated with church services, egg hunts, and festive meals. The Monday after Easter Sunday is also a holiday, allowing for extended family gatherings.
Labor Day (Tag der Arbeit) - May 1st
A day to honor workers' rights and achievements, Labor Day is marked by parades and demonstrations, often addressing current labor issues.
Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) - Date Varies
This Christian holiday commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven. It's a day for church services and outdoor activities as Austrians enjoy the spring weather.
Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) - Date Varies
Corpus Christi celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Processions, church services, and floral decorations are part of the festivities.
National Day (Nationalfeiertag) - October 26th
Austria's National Day commemorates the country's declaration of permanent neutrality in 1955. It's a patriotic holiday with flag displays and cultural events.
All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen) - November 1st
A day to remember and honor the deceased, Austrians visit cemeteries to decorate graves with candles and flowers.
Immaculate Conception (Mariä Empfängnis) - December 8th
This holiday celebrates the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin. It's marked by church services and preparations for Christmas.
Christmas Day (Weihnachtstag) - December 25th
Austria comes alive with the magic of Christmas. Families exchange gifts, attend midnight Mass, and gather for traditional Christmas dinners.
St. Stephen's Day (Stephanitag) - December 26th
The day after Christmas is a public holiday for relaxing and enjoying the festive season. Many Austrians take part in winter sports and outdoor activities.
These public holidays in Austria not only offer a glimpse into the nation's religious and cultural heritage but also provide opportunities for Austrians to come together in celebration. Whether it's the solemnity of religious observances or the joy of secular festivities, each holiday contributes to Austria's vibrant tapestry of traditions and shared experiences. Visitors to Austria during these special days are welcomed to join in the festivities and witness the country's rich cultural diversity firsthand.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Immaculate Conception||December 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|St. Stephen's Day||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Epiphany||January 06||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Ascension Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Whit Monday||May 20||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Corpus Christi||May 30||Thursday||Public Holiday|