Tag der Deutschen Einheit

The Tag der Deutschen Einheit (“Day of German Unity”) is celebrated each year as a public holiday on 3rd October. In 1990 it replaced the previous holidays of 17th June in West Germany and 7th October in East Germany.

The main celebrations are held in the capital city of a different state each year.

The date was chosen arbitrarily and celebrates the day in 1990 when re-unification took place. Celebrating the day the Berlin Wall fell was felt inappropriate, as by co-incidence it is also the anniversary of the Reichspogromnacht in 1938.

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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. Karin Heartman says

    Dear Mr. Graham,

    Ich mag keinen Harry Potter. I did some pottery. I prefer that. I pray every day not only on Allerheiligen and I do not like those funny Reformationstage. I do not like my cursor to jump to the left every time I want to write. They should teach at school what all this means. Mr. Peppler has an owl to teach him he things. Wisdom comes from the proverbs not from owls. The only eat mice. The devil is at work I guess. Have a happy day. Karin
    P.S. my-twin sister is also called Michaela.. she cannot help me with PC unfortunately. She is afraid of going to facebook. I am not. I can tell the truth to anybody. I am bold enough to fight spam or snakes.


  1. […] 2. It starts on the first Saturday after 15th September, and continues until the first Sunday in October.  If the first Sunday is the 1st or the 2nd, the festival is extended to 3rd October as this is a public holiday. […]

  2. […] Last Sunday I wanted to hear Cathy Dobson’s public reading from her book “Planet Germany“.  I left in plenty of time.  Driving to Düsseldorf is usually a matter of about 2½ hours.  A bit more if I hit Cologne around the rush hour, but not on a Sunday.  Not on a public holiday. […]

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