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Reformation Day is a public holiday in five states in Germany on October 31 each year to remember the religious Reformation in Europe. The day is also celebrated by many Protestants all over the world. It commemorates when German monk and theologian Martin Luther’s proposals were nailed on the doors of a church in 1517. This event was the start of religious and social changes in Europe.

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What Do People Do?

Many members of the Lutheran and some Reformed Churches, attend special church services to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther’s proclamation. Other people have a day off work to spend time with family or friends.

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Many people use the day to shop or visit attractions in countries, such as Austria, Poland or Switzerland, as these countries are close to the German states. They also celebrate Reformation Day as a public holiday.

Public Life

Reformation Day is a public holiday in a number of German states including: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. In these states, post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed.

Background

Martin Luther was a monk, theologian and religious reformer. Many people also see him as the “Father of Protestantism”. During his life, he became disenchanted with the power that the Catholic Church had over people’s lives. He was particularly concerned about the sale of indulgences.

Indulgences are documents issued by the Catholic Church to grant full or partial pardon of sins. They are usually issued after prayer and good works. However, indulgences were also sold to finance projects sponsored by the Catholic Church around the 1500s. To express his concerns, Martin Luther nailed written works, known as The 95 Theses, on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. In doing this, he started the Reformation.

Note: We are of course aware that this is a painful subject for many Catholics, but it is part of our heritage, and many of our members and followers are Protestants, just as many are Catholic and a small but growing number are Orthodox Christians.

As far as the KTI are concerned, we all have to stand together against Islamism and the manic and poisonous secularism of liberalism and cultural Marxism. We can go back to burning each other as heretics once we’ve secured the existence of Christendom and a future for our children!

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