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Lucky for Some

Thousands of Protestants in Germany commerate Reformation Day. Some lucky Germans even have the day off.


Here in Wittenberg and all over Germany, thousands of Protestants have come together to commemorate Martin Luther and to celebrate Reformation Day.

Memorial services recall the beginning of the religious renewal movement of the 16th century.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. His reformist ideas split the Church in two, between Catholics and Protestants.

In most of the eastern German states, Reformation Day is a public holiday. But in the West, people still went to work today.