Reunification Day

A good reason to celebrate

Written by Garry on


The US has one, France too, maybe even the UK. July 4, July 14 and November 5 are all days of celebration. Germany could have one too. Yet no one seems to care too much, so perhaps that’s another project for Germany’s Great and its readers, creating a few simple celebrations.

Germany offers its citizens a generous amount of days off during the year. National holidays here do, however, have a curious aspect when they sometimes fall on a Sunday, when almost everything is closed anyway.

One major day is Reunification Day, which has an interesting history. Originally designed to remember separation, it was celebrated somewhat solemnly in early summer. Nowadays, it falls on 3 October and almost everywhere closes. People relax, take a stroll, go window shopping, visit family. Few actually celebrate.