When you live in German-speaking countries, you may have wondered why everyone speaks about “der Brückentag” when talking about a national holiday.
In some countries (like Ecuador) a national holiday, which regularly would be a Tuesday or Thursday, can be changed by the government to the next Monday or Friday, in order to give people a long weekend. In German-speaking countries, that’s not the case.
So, when a national holiday in Germany is a Tuesday or Thursday, many people took Monday or Friday also off, in order to have a real long weekend. This day serves as a bridge (die Brücke ) between the holiday and the weekend.
When was your last Brückentag? What did you do on this real long weekend?