When is Liechtenstein National Day in Liechtenstein?
How long until Liechtenstein National Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 85 Days.|
Dates of Liechtenstein National Day
|Commemorates the birthday of Prince Franz Josef II as well as the Feast of the Assumption|
|Feast of the Assumption|
Staatsfeiertag (National Day) is a public holiday in Liechtenstein and is always celebrated on 15 August.
It commemorates the birthday of Prince Franz Josef II.
History of Liechtenstein National Day
15th August was first declared as a national holiday by the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein in 1940.
The date had a double meaning in Liechtenstein as 15th August was already a public holiday to mark the Feast of the Assumption, but also served to celebrate the birthday of Prince Franz Josef II, who was born on 16 August 1906.
This holiday is unusual in that it began during a war. Just days before, Adolf Hitler had said in speech that "Small states have no right to exist.", so the establishment of this National Day by this smallest of states can be seen as much as an act of defiance as patriotism.
Prince Franz Josef II died in 1989 and the holiday remained on 15th August rather than switch to the birthday of his son and successor, Prince Hans-Adam II whose birthday is 14th February.
Although it is a nice touch to honour the previous Prince who reigned for over 50 years, having the national day in the summer rather in winter is a more practical solution as celebrations would be affected by the weather. Similar decisions have been taken with royal birthdays in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.
Did you know?
Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan are the only double land-locked countries: every country that surrounds them is land-locked.
In 1990, Staatsfeiertag was declared by law as the official state holiday of Liechtenstein. Since then, a state ceremony to mark the day has taken place on the castle meadow next to castle Vaduz. A fair and fireworks follow the ceremony.