The Saxons as merry crowd love to celebrate. There are three
categories of holidays:
holidays, paid by the boss
The official holidays are:
- New Year's Day 1 January
- Good Friday 9 April 2004
- Easter Monday 12 April 2004
- Labor Day 1 May
- Ascension Day20 May 2004
- Whit Monday 31 May 2004
- Day of German Unification 3 October
- Reformation Day 31 October
- Christmas Day 25 December
- Boxing Day 26 December
On the Day of Penance (17th November 2004)
the Saxons comfortably can go shopping. Unfortunately not in Saxony,
there the shops are closed.
But in the neighborhood, in Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Poland, the
Czech Republic and Bavaria, people have to work and only we saunter through the
But in return for that the obligatory nursing care insurance is more expensive
for us. "Pflegeversicherung" costs are borne jointly by employee and employer.
But not in Saxony. While the other Germans have to pay 0,85% of the gross income
monthly, the saxon employees have to pay 1.35%.
For a Saxon with an average income of - for instance - 10,000 euro gross
in the month the day off costs thus 600 euro. Oh God, there nothing remains for
for shopping! <grin>
The Saxon day is the greatest people and homeland celebration in the
Free State. Annually on the first September weekend another city or region of
the country presents their associations and federations and shows native customs
The first Saxon day was held from 4 to 6 July 1914 in Dresden, only 78
years later the Saxons met again for this holyday. Up to now the following cities
- Freiberg 4.-6.9.1992
- Goerlitz 3.-5.9.1993
- Annaberg-Buchholz 2.-4.9.1994
- Rochlitz 1.-3.9.1995
- Torgau 6.-8.9.1996
- Plauen 5.-7.9.1997
- Hoyerswerda 4.-6.9.1998
- Riesa 3.-5.9.1999
- Zwickau 1.-3.9.2000
- Zittau 7.-9.9.2001
- Doebeln (failed because of the
- Sebnitz 5.-7.9.2003
- Doebeln 3.-5.9.2004
In September 2005 the Saxon day will take place in Weisswasser.
On the question, at which day occurs the birthday, there is no generally accepted
rule, since each Saxon has his own individual birthday.
And not each birthday is celebrated in the same way. The first is usually slept through
and the only drink is milk. Later there are cola and other soft drinks and
the person celebrating birthday argues with the guests about the toys.
At the 18th birthday we drink already a glass of sparkling wine
(too much) and disappear afterwards to the Disco.
Approximately starting from that 30th birthday the party is more
civilized. In case of ladies the age is not called any longer, it's better you only