Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?


About a week ago, October 3rd, people around the world celebrated Der Tag der Deutschen Einheit. Der Tag der Deutschen Einheit is a day celebrating the reunification of Germany. It is a national holiday on the third of October commemorating the German reunification in 1990. One of the reasons it is not celebrated when the Berlin Wall came down, August 9, 1989, is because August ninth in 1938 was Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, in which the Nazis led the first pogrom against the Jews. Therefore, this day would be extremely inappropriate to celebrate. The Day of German Unity also celebrates the anniversary of the re-founding of five German states, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringen. It is celebrate annually with festivals for citizens and ceremonial acts. Celebrations are usually centrally located at a specific state capital, but there are always celebrations in Berlin around the Brandenburg gate. Furthermore, the celebrations begins early since Oktoberfest begins the first Sunday of October and extends to the 3rd. I visited Germany and central Europe a few summers ago and was amazed by the culture and history. Forget Paris and Spain! Visit Germany and enjoy some amazing museums, food and art!
Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Wall

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