I'm used to celebrating October 31st as Halloween and not as Reformations Day.
What is Reformations Day?
Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated on October 31 in remembrance of the Reformation, particularly by Lutheran and some Reformed church communities. It is a civic holiday in Slovenia (since the Reformation contributed to its cultural development profoundly, although Slovenians are mainly Roman Catholics) and in the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia.I am Catholic, as the kids; but we also attend the Protestant church because MC and IC are enrolled in a Protestant kindergarten and my husband is Protestant. We are exposed to their church traditions and are present in most of their activities.
Reformation Day is considered a lesser festival, and is officially referred to as The Festival of the Reformation. Until the 20th Century, most Lutheran churches celebrated Reformation Day on October 31st, regardless of which day of the week it occurred. Today, most Lutheran churches transfer the festival, so that it falls on the Sunday (called Reformation Sunday) on or before October 31st and transfer All Saints' Day to the Sunday on or after November 1st.
But although I have been here for almost eight years now and through me we have also started our tradition of Halloween decors and trick or treating and giving away treats during Halloween
(this is really a new festival here in Germany) -- this is the first time that I became aware of the other significance of October 31.
But it is good to know, right?