The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century was finally fulfilled. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. It is a legal holiday in the Federal Republic of Germany.
On Monday, 3rd October 2016, RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok hosted a National Day celebration at the Performing Arts Centre of RIS. The goal of the event was to let all spectators understand and experience this turning point in German history. Therefore, students of many different grades captured the stage and provided the audience with extraordinary and memorable performances.
After the anthems, the students, teachers, parents and other guests were greeted with welcoming words from Principal Simon Dörig. The following performances included musical and poetic interpretations, historical slideshows, a folk dance and a short film focusing on the event of the German Unity. Jens Eggert, the Head of Secondary, guided the audience through the program and also explained the events of these years in reading a fairy tale to the younger students.
The students had not yet even been born when reunification took place! Therefore, the achievement of the students was tremendous and the audience concluded by thanking them with a big applause.