Thursday, October 3, 2013

Know your German Holidays

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German Unity Day doesn’t care that you drank 2.5 bottles of wine last night while watching Will Ferrell movies and playing Monopoly Deutschland and are now craving diet coke coca-cola light and those weird ham and cheese bagel flatbread bites. German Unity Day is going to shut down all major realtors anyway, so now you have to go to that Chinese restaurant down the street and buy an overpriced bottle of soda and try not to get tempted by those lo mien noodles. You’re inconvenienced, but at least east and west Germany are now one and that’s actually kind of a cool thing to celebrate.

German Unity Day is held on October 3rd every year to mark the anniversary of the nation’s unification. It remembers when the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on October 3, 1990.

Background:

Following WWII, the area that was Germany was divided into four military sectors controlled by the victors (the US, the UK, France and the Soviet Union).


In 1949, the sectors controlled by France, the UK and the US became the Federal Republic of Germany. The sector controlled by the Soviet Union became the German Democratic Republic.

So this created East and West Germany.

(I realize this is written as if a child were going to read it, but if you remember, I just started studying world History and I’m much like a child when it comes to learning/understanding it.)  

The East and West each developed very different political and economic systems. Due to the tensions in post-war Europe, there was little contact between the people of the two areas.

The Soviets put up the Berlin Wall in 1961 completely cutting off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. In 1989 a series of radical political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all German Democratic Republic citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin.

The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification. Germany’s unification became official on October 3rd, 1990.

In Germany? Check out this page to prepare yourself for upcoming German holidays. It's also great if you realize that Saint Nicholas Day sounds pretty awesome and want to start that tradition in 2 months.
What the homepage for google.de looks like
It depicts German Unity Day celebrations. 

1 comment:

  1. Gabs and I celebrate St. Nick day! I even sent him a pair of stuffed shoes when we were long distance. Let's celebrate together this year! XOXO

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