German Unification

Unity in Germany

Germany celebrates the National Day of Germany (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheif) October 3 each year as a public holiday.  The holiday celebrates and commemorates the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany. Several choices of dates qualified for the  holiday.  The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1889.  That same date was the anniversary of the 1918 proclamation of the German Republic and the defeat of Hitler’s first couGerman Unity Day Oct #Credit: Wikipediap in 1923.  On the surface, that would have been a marvellous day to celebrate.  However, there was a problem with that date.  November 9 held tragedy along with happy times.  This was the anniversary of the first massive Nazi-led program against the Jews in 1928.

Background on German Influences in America

German communities abound in the United States.   Approximately 1.38 million Americans speak German.  In South Dakota and North Dakota German is the second most spoken language after English. The language ranks third in popularity nationwide, in the United States, after Spanish and French in terms of colleges offering instruction in the languages. Large  populations thrive in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Texas.  Residents of German descent live throughout the entire United States.  In fact, by one estimate, about one-fourth of the American population is of German descent.

Celebrate in America via German Food

Throw a party on October 3 and elebrate by shining a spotlight on German traditions in America. Friends and relatives might not know that some of their everyday foods are German in origin.  Have a grill party with hamburgers and barbecue.  Frankfurters, hamburgers, sausages, cured meats of some varieties, egg noodles, as well as a host of other foods have German origins.  Everyone has heard of the proud Texas tradition of exceptional barbecue. German heritage affected the growth of barbecue as a staple in Central Texas.   Let the beverages not be forgotten, lager beer is also German in origin.  More commonly recognized German dishes include sauerkraut and Wiener Schnitzel. 

Celebrating with American Traditions

Play a few old-time games at the get together. Have a bean bag toss for children. Yes, the tossing of a bean bag as a game comes from Germany.  Likewise, the game of horseshoes began there.  While at the celebration, discuss plans for some other opportune German celebrations coming up such as Groundhog Day and Oktoberfest.  Of course, those come to the United States courtesy of Germany as well.

A bit of knowledge on German traditions and some nifty times wait for all!  Oh, and throw in some German polka music just for kicks! Enjoy the German Unification Day party!