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 the 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 the RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok hosted a National Day event for the students of the secondary school in the music room. The goal of the event was to let all students understand and experience this turning point in German history. Therefore, students of many different grades captured the stage and provided the audience with interesting performances.
The performances included musical and poetic interpretations and historical slideshows. The student choir sang the famous old song “Die Gedanken sind frei” and students of Grade 11 lead through a discussion with teachers about their youth in East and West Germany during the cold war. Jens Eggert, the Head of Secondary, guided the audience through the program.
The students had not yet been born when reunification took place. Therefore, the achievement of the students was tremendous.