Reformation Day is a civic holiday in Slovenia and some states of Germany including Bradenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is a religious holiday to commemorate the Protestant Reformation by some Reformed church communities.
When is Reformation Day 2013?
Reformation Day 2013 falls on Friday, 31 October 2013.
When is Reformation Day 2014?
Reformation Day 2014 falls on Saturday, 31 October 2014.
Origin of Reformation Day
The origin of Reformation Day dates back to centuries ago when a German theologian and religious reformer, Martin Luther, protested against the sale of indulgences i.e. documents to give full or partial pardon of sins. Showing his protest, Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation by nailing the 95 Theses, his written works concerning the issue, on the door of a church in Wittenburg, Germany, on 31 October 1517. This event was then commemorated as Reformation Day in some European countries.
Reformation Day Celebration
In Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, and some German states including Bradenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Reformation Day is celebrated as a civic holiday every 31 October, along with Halloween celebration. Meanwhile, some churches in the US commemorate the event on Sunday on or before 31 October every year.
On this Reformation Day, special church services are usually held and attended by the members of Lutheran and some Reformed Churches. Some other people use the day to visit some places of interests or gather with family and friends.