Europe Day is a celebration held on 9th May every year around the world to recognize the peace and prosperity within Europe. It is the name of two observances 5th May by the Council of Europe and 9th May by the European Union, both days promote peace and honor its unity with other European countries.
History of Europe Day
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. Generally, there are two European days, one is the Council of Europe’s formation, which was held on May 5, 1949, and the other is to remember the Schuman Declaration of May 9, 1950. This date is memorializing the anniversary of the Robert Schuman the French foreign minister, which took speech in Paris in 1950. In this speech, he set out his idea for a new form of political collaboration in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations incredible.
His aim to create a European institution that would take manage coal and steel production. The treaty was signed just after a year. It was the first European Community and evaluate an important establish moment. That is why in 1985, the Milan European Council adopted the 9th of May as the Europe Day. Schuman’s purposes to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
Events of Europe Day
On Europe Day many events and activities may vary from one year to next year, but some annual activities are held in which everyone wants to participate and experience. From all of this, one is the biggest annual soccer tournament in Pristina. Besides this, many other events are held like sports tournaments, fairs, musical performance, and many others. These are held in many cities in European countries.
Some of the special events that take place on Europe Day are listed below:
- Taste Europe events
- Concerts by children
- Gathering in the streets for speeches from government officials
- Chess and soccer tournaments
- Cultural events and activities
- Food events
Besides these, many promotional things from local organizations are organized for the people on Europe Day.
What do People do on this Day?
On Europe Day many cultural activities and events are held in different cities to promote this day. Many different types of festivals and as well as concerts are held on this day. There are generally large crowds of people on the streets to celebrating the Europe Day in one way or another. Every year thousands of people take part in concerts, debates, food event, and many other events to promote the day and raises awareness about the Europe Day. It is a time for the people to enjoy that is celebrated throughout the country, in these include every citizens and government officials.
Is it a Public Holiday?
The Europe Day is an annual observance and also a public holiday in European countries. All government and private offices and educational institutions are remains closed on this day.
Symbol of Europe Day
Every year on Europe Day, flags of different European countries are displayed as a symbol of this day and as a unity and as well as many posters are shown to represent Europe Day.