German Unity Day in Germany in 2019

  How long until German Unity Day?
This holiday next takes place in 106 days.
  Dates of German Unity Day in Germany
2020Germany Sat, Oct 3National Holiday
2019Germany Thu, Oct 3National Holiday
2018Germany Wed, Oct 3National Holiday
2017Germany Tue, Oct 3National Holiday
2016Germany Mon, Oct 3National Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990

When is German Unity Day?

This national holiday is always celebrated on  October 3rd. If October 3rd falls on a weekend, it will not be moved to a weekday.

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.

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 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).

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

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

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.

While the Berlin wall was up, about 5,000 people escaped into West Germany, sneaking through checkpoints, walking through an underground tunnel and even landing in a hot air balloon.

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

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