Liechtenstein National Day
Observed annually on August 15th, Liechtenstein’s National Day is a holiday celebrated in the world’s sixth smallest country: Liechtenstein. It has been observed since 1940 but has much older origins. The day for its celebration was chosen because it coincides with the supposed day when the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven and is the day before the birthday of Prince Franz Josef II. Over the years, this holiday has evolved, with traditions coming and going as society changes over time. Currently, it is a public holiday celebrated with a ceremony on a meadow next to Vaduz Castle.
The History of Liechtenstein’s National Day
Liechtenstein is a German-speaking microstate located in the European highlands of the Alps, between Switzerland and Austria. National Day was already a bank holiday and the day on which the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated when it became a national holiday in 1940. As mentioned earlier, the purpose was to have a holiday that combined Mary’s ascension to heaven with the Prince’s birthday. However, it was not observed as an official national holiday until 1989. This change occurred when Prince Franz Josef II died. In his honor, the holiday was changed to a national holiday that was first celebrated in 1990.
Observing Liechtenstein’s National Day
On this holiday, people in Liechtenstein can expect several different things. First, many businesses and schools are closed, except for those catering to fairgoers and tourists. Second, museums usually offer free entrance as a courtesy to the people. Public transportation is also free on this day to allow people to get around. The next thing that people can expect is a variety of German and Swiss foods, a speech at Vaduz Castle, and lots of music and other activities.