German Unity Day in Germany in 2020

  How long until German Unity Day?
This holiday next takes place in 325 days.
  Dates of German Unity Day in Germany
2021 Germany Sun, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2020 Germany Sat, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2019 Germany Thu, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2018 Germany Wed, Oct 3 Public Holiday
2017 Germany Tue, Oct 3 Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990
  Local name
Tag der Deutschen Einheit

When is German Unity Day?

The Day of Unity is a public holiday in Germany that is always celebrated on  October 3rd. If October 3rd falls on a weekend, it will not be moved to a weekday.

This is Germany's National Day and marks the reunification of Germany that took place on this day in 1990.

History of German Unity Day

Since 1990, the 'Tag der Deutschen Einheit' has been a national holiday in Germany. It is the only official national holiday. All other holidays are managed at a federal level.

On November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, paving the way towards the reunification of Germany which had been split at the end of the second world war. 

The reunification of Germany took place on October 3rd 1990 when the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

Following the GDR's first free elections on March 18th 1990, negotiations between the GDR and FRG culminated in a Unification Treaty.

Further negotiations between the GDR and FRG and the four occupying powers produced the so-called "Two Plus Four Treaty" granting full sovereignty to a unified German state, whose two halves had previously been bound by a number of limitations as a result of its post-WWII-status as an occupied nation. The treaty was signed on September 20th 1990.

Originally November 9th was proposed to be the national German Unity Day reflecting the huge step taken toward Germany’s unification on that day.

However, the unification treaty declared October 3rd as the official national holiday, ending the division between east and west of Germany.

Since then, the German Unification Day has been celebrated in the capital of whichever federal state has got the chair in the Federal Assembly (there are 16 federal states in Germany) each year.

German Unification Day wasn't added as an additional holiday. In the west, it replaced the original Day of German Unity, which was observed on the anniversary of a protest on June 17th 1953 in East Germany.

In East Germany, the national holiday was October 7th, the Day of the Republic (Tag der Republik), which commemorated the foundation of the GDR in 1949.

Glücklich Tag der Deutschen Einheit!

Celebrate German Day of Unity with your Philips Hue lights!

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Three facts about German Unity Day

East Germany had established its own currency, commonly known as the Ostmark, in 1948, but the western Deutsche Mark was adopted in the east from July 1, 1990.

At least 171 people died trying to cross over the Berlin Wall from East Germany to West Germany

People who chipped away at the wall after the reunification were called "mauerspecht" or wallpeckers.

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