Euro Day

Euro Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 1st of January every year and celebrates the issuance of the monetary unit of the European Union which is known simply as the euro.

The euro was launched on January 1st, 1999 — first as an “invisible” currency (only for electronic payments and accounting purposes) and then as banknotes and coins in 2002.

The creation of the euro made it cheaper, safer, and easier for businesses to buy and sell within the euro’s sphere of influence as well as trade with the rest of the world. It’s for this reason that it’s celebrated every year at the start of the New Year.

The History Of Euro Day

Although the euro wasn’t adopted until the 1990s, the idea of a unified European currency goes back to the 1920s and was first discussed officially by The League of Nations in 1929. Unfortunately, the beginning of World War II caused the plan to be scrapped. This subject wouldn’t be broached again until the 1960s when talks began on the subject once again.

The European Monetary System was created in 1979 and it fixed the exchange rate into the European Currency Unit (ECU). Eight years later, the European Commission supported a fully monetary union with a central bank. This idea was opposed by then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

However, the idea moved forward despite British opposition to the idea and in 1992, a single currency for European countries began to move forward. On January 1, 1999, the euro was introduced in digital and bookkeeping form. Three years later, banknotes and coins were issued. Ever since that moment, the 1st of January has been observed as Euro Day.

Observing Euro Day

This holiday can be observed by learning more about the history of the euro and other forms of currency, educating yourself on currency exchange rates, and using the hashtag #EuroDay on social media to spread the word about this day.

When is it?
This year (2023)
January 1 Sunday
Next year (2024)
January 1 Monday
Last year (2022)
January 1 Saturday
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