Islamabad, 4 October 2022 (TDI): The Embassy of Germany in Pakistan hosted a reception to commemorate German Unity Day.
Dignitaries, Envoys from other diplomatic missions as well as Pakistani government officials attended the celebratory event. The Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan, Alfred Grannas thanked all the guests.
He shared on Twitter that “It was wonderful hosting the #GermanUnityDay last night & meeting many wonderful friends & colleagues. Thanks to everybody who joined us & made this such a memorable event!”
Along these lines, he went on to further reiterate that “Looking forward to our future cooperation & to further strengthening our already-strong #PakGermanDosti!”
The Day of German Unity is celebrated on 3rd October every year. The Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan stated in a tweet, “I am joining Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in celebrating this special occasion.”
German Unity Day
German Unity Day is the country’s national holiday, observed on October 3rd. It commemorates German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic merged.
The two formed a single German state for the first time since 1945. Since 1990, when reunification was finally achieved, German Unity Day on October 3 has been the German National Holiday.
On October 3, 1990, the Accession Treaty was signed in Berlin. As a result, the former German Democratic Republic gave up its state sovereignty and joined the Federal Republic of Germany.
This phase signified the effective completion of German reunification, a process that began on September 4, 1989, with the Monday Demonstrations in the East German city of Leipzig and culminated on November 9, 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Europe was divided into West and East, with the border running right through Germany in 1949, the Western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the Eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR) were formed.
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The country was divided until 1990 as a result of the Second World War and the Cold War between East and West. People in the Eastern Bloc were unable to vote in free elections or travel to the West, with a few exceptions.
Because many households had kin in the “other Germany,” this was perceived as a permanent constraint in the split country.
After an increasing number of people fled to the free West, the GDR constructed a wall through Berlin in 1961, as well as a fortified “death strip” along the inner-German border. This wall is famously known as the Berlin Wall.
At least 1,000 persons are estimated to have been killed or died as a consequence of accidents or suicide while attempting to flee East Germany.
Every year, a ceremonial event and a citizens’ carnival (Bürgerfest) are held to celebrate the Day of German Unity.
The festivities are sponsored by a large city, generally the state capital, in the German state that presides over the Bundesrat that year.
Frankfurt was the second non-state capital to host the celebrations in 2015, following Bonn in 2011; nonetheless, both places have significant political histories in Germany.
Bonn was the former capital of West Germany and Frankfurt was the place of the Frankfurt Parliament of 1848–49.