Reformation Day is celebrated around the world on October 31st. It is mainly celebrated by Protestants, but the matter is not limited to them. Though it coincides with Halloween, it has nothing to do with it.
Martin Luther – a German theologian – seriously studied the Holy Scriptures and understood for himself the only true path. He did not conform to society and did not remain silent when he disagreed with something, like the Church’s teaching on the Bible. Luther knew that change was necessary internally and thus began the Reformation. He preached and spread his teachings to the masses, which eventually caused a division in the Catholic Church. Luther is well-known for nailing the “95 Theses” to the door of a church. Today, these theses are still supported in some German states and honored for many years.
- The name “Protestanism” came from the Speyer Protest.
- Martin Luther was born into a peasant family, who was prosperous.
- His real surname is “Luder”.
- Luther’s father wanted him to become a lawyer and had the means to do so, but Luther went against his will to the Augustinian monastery.
- Lutheranism only accepts Baptism and Communion, and does not accept the calling of God to help a person in their affairs, the veneration of icons and relics.
How to take part
- Read the story in books or online resources.
- Connect with family and friends and tell them about the date.
- Hire a historian to tell the secrets of that time and the deeds of Luther in an interesting way.
When is Reformation Day celebrated in 2023?
Reformation Day is observed on October 31 each year.