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Austria National Day 2021: Why And How Is Austrian National Day Celebrated?

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Austria National Day

Austria National Day is a public holiday in Austria which was enacted on October 26th, 1955 by the Austrian Parliament.

The declaration of the Holiday came as a result of the allied occupation by the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. The declaration occurred between 1945 and 1955.

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This year, the holiday is expected to be celebrated on the 26th day of October 2021.

Why Is Austrian National Day Celebrated?

The main purpose of Austria National Day is to commemorate Austria’s Declaration of Neutrality.

How Is Austrian National Day Celebrated?

The Austrian National Day is celebrated in a very unique way usually in Vienna. Here are some interesting things that happen during the celebration.

National Day in Austria

A National Day celebration in Austria. Photo/Xinhuanet

  • The Federal President and the Federal Minister for Defense attend a Mass on the Heldenplatz.
  • The Federal President and key members of the Federal Government lay wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier in the Crypt of the outer Burgtor.
  • The Council of Ministers then holds a special meeting.
  • The government attends a Concert for Austria at the Vienna Staatsoper.
  • The recruits of the Austrian Armed Service are sworn in.
  • On National Day, Austrian citizens can visit any federal museum for free.


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