International Women’s Day Is Now a Public Holiday in Berlin

As of 2019, March 8th, well-known as International Women’s Day, is a Public Holiday in Berlin.

Women’s Day goes back to 1911 and it is important to remember Women’s struggles for equality. Not just for women, but human rights as a whole.

So, what happened in Berlin? Turns out, compared to most other German states, Berlin does not get enough public holidays. Berliners only have 9 days off in one year; compared to people from Bavaria for instance with wonderful 13 days.

There were many possible suggestions for a new public holiday, for example November 9th. On this day in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down and for some odd reason this date also marks many important events in German history. Eventually, Berlin settled on International Women’s Day.

Believe it or not, between November and now a decision could be reached. The proposition went through the stages rather quickly, so magically, I have a day off today. (Not only are there the annual flowers for Women’s Day, I also get to sleep in, yeaha!) This makes Berlin the first state in Germany to declare International Women’s Day a Public Holiday.

Now, my dear American friends, I can assure you, no complaints about Socialism did arise.

If you were able to, which day would you declare a public holiday?

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7 thoughts on “International Women’s Day Is Now a Public Holiday in Berlin

  1. I’d like to see Election Day become a national holiday here in the US! But as you can probably guess, the Republican Party got upset over such a proposal, calling it a “socialist power grab”. Go figure!

    1. That is a great idea! That way more people might know, when it actually is … Could be followed by annual Election Day BBQ or something. Those Republicans certainly never heard about Australia. Voting is mandatory there, so people can actually get fined for not using their voice! From what I understand, the Australian government is rather far from Socialism ….

      1. It seems to be more about voter suppression for them. Without gerrymandering and making it super difficult for minority voters to access voting places it gets harder for them to win every year. Plus way too many citizens don’t care to inform themselves and vote for their own interests. It’s rather sad! Hopefully the Democrats will take the helm next time around!

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