October 3rd: Day of German Unity
The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on October 3rd 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 October 3rd 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 Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok hosted a National Day celebration at the school’s music room. The goal of the event was to let all spectators understand and experience this turning point in German history. Students of grades 7 – 12 captured the stage and provided the audience with extraordinary and memorable performances to the theme “Freedom”. The performances included musical and poetic interpretations and historical slideshows. Jens Eggert, the Head of Secondary, guided the audience through the program. The students had not even been born when reunification took place! The achievement of the students was, therefore, tremendous and the audience concluded by thanking them with a big applause.