Sunday and public holiday law

Sundays and public holidays are constitutionally protected as "days of rest from work and spiritual upliftment". The same applies to Rhineland-Palatinate according to the constitution.

Holidays can be distinguished as follows:

  • ecclesiastical and religious holidays (e.B Ascension Day),
  • public holidays (e.B. Day of German Unity) and
  • so-called "silent" holidays (e.B Good Friday).

The Rhineland-Palatinate Act on the Protection of Sundays and Public Holidays (Holiday Act - LFtG) specifies the constitutional regulations. It contains protective and prohibition provisions intended to ensure the rest of the population on Sundays and public holidays. The central regulation of the holiday law is the prohibition of work on Sundays and public holidays.

On Sundays and public holidays, all publicly noticeable activities that impair the external peace or fundamentally contradict the nature of Sundays and public holidays are prohibited. Exceptions to this prohibition are possible, for example, under the Rhineland-Palatinate Shop Opening Act and the State Act on Fairs, Exhibitions and Markets (LMAMG).

On the "silent holidays" special restrictions must be observed, which vary from state to state. The most important "silent days" are:

  • Good Friday
  • All Saints' Day,
  • Remembrance Day
  • Sunday of the Dead and
  • Christmas Eve (from 1 pm).

An informal application is sufficient.


Violations of the holiday law can be punished as administrative offences with a fine according to ยง 12 LFtG.

Related Links

  • State Act on the Protection of Sundays and Public Holidays (Feiertagsgesetz-LFtG)
  • Art. 140 Basic Law (GG)
  • Art. 47 Constitution for Rhineland-Palatinate

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