Public holidays in the Saxon Empire

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The Saxon Empire has sixteen national holidays. Fourteen are bank holidays, whereas the other two always fall on a Sunday (a day when work is typically disallowed in the Empire). Although the Saxon Empire officially uses the Old Icelandic Calendar, the dates of holidays are set according to the Gregorian Calendar so that the religious festivals occur on the same dates as in other Western Christian countries. The two festive seasons are Easter and Yule, which includes Christmastide.

Date English name West Germanic name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Uder Hochmanei
5 January Twelfth Night Twelfte Nicht The penultimate day of Christmas.
6 January Twelfth Day Twelfte Dai The twelfth and final day of Christmas, also the Epiphany and the last of the Yule holidays.
25 January Candlemas Burns Night Kandelmasse-Burnsnicht Originally on 2 February, relocated to coincide with Burns Night. The day is celebrated with haggis, whisky and readings of Robert Burns' poetry as well as marking the presentation of the Christ Child at the Temple.
14 February Valentine's Day Valentinsdai
Easter Sunday - 47d Ewemilk Iemelk Coincides with Shrove Tuesday. Celebrated with cakes and seen as a continuation of the Germanic practice of giving out, and offering to idols, baked goods during Solmonaþ (February).
17 March Cuthbert and Patrick's Day Kaudberkt-Patriksdai A day combining the commemoration of St Cuthbert and St Patrick, particularly celebrating Irish cultural heritage.
1 April April Fools Day Aprelviš
10 April Freedom-Guthlac's Day Fraidum-Gaudloksdai Guthlac's Day, which originally took place on 11 April, was moved forward by one day. Also the birthday of HMSE Mark Williams II.
23 April Edmund and George's Day Odmund-Jorgensdai A day combining the commemoration of Edmund the Martyr and St George, two patron saints of England.
Easter Sunday -7d Palm Sunday Palmzunndai Marking the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Easter Sunday -2d Good Friday Langfraidai Commemorating the crucifixion of Christ.
Easter Sunday -1d Easter Eve Oosteräven The Saturday preceding Easter Sunday.
Movable Easter Sunday Oosterdai Marking the resurrection.
Easter Sunday +1d Easter Monday Uder Oosterdai
1 May Walburga's Day Waldburgedai A continuation of pagan traditions including the Maypole and also commemorating the Anglo-Saxon saint Walburga.
Easter Sunday +49d Whitsunday Waitzunndai Commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's disciples.
Movable Midsummer Midzumer Marking the Summer Solstice.
4 July July the Fourth Julivierde Principally Freedomian, stemming from American Independence Day.
15 July Swithun's Day Swaidaunsdai
1 August Lammas Christianity Day Lofmasse-Kristendai A harvest festival.
2 August Children's Day Cildamassedai
31 October Reformation Day Etnaiungsdai Marking the publication of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, which began the Reformation
4th Thursday of November Thanksgiving Erntedank
Movable Midwinter Midwinter Marking the Winter Solstice, the first of the Yule holidays.
24 December Christmas Eve Kristesmassäven The day before Christmas.
25 December Christmas Kristesmasse Commemorating the birth of Christ.
26 December Second Christmas Udre Kristesmasse The second day of Christmas, stemming from St Stephen's Day, which was renamed according to Protestant tradition.
31 December Hogmanay Hochmanei A day of general merrymaking spent with loved ones, at the end of which it is traditional to sing Auld Lang Syne.