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February 3, 2023

Austria’s National Day: A celebration in red&white

On October 26, Austria and Austrians all over the world are in celebration. It’s their National Day and the entire country is decorated with colorful flags and red & white colors are high up to provide a celebratory look. Processions are organized and Austrian specialties are a spotlight for the grand celebration where all the people come together and pay tributes to those who forfeited their lives for Austria. Fireworks are specifically organized to add essence to the evening and to keep up the national spirit in Austrians. The citizens have the possibility of visiting the federal museums for free this day. Various institutions also open their doors to the public (ie. the Federal Chancellery). All over the country, so called “marches for fitness” are organized to raise the population’s awareness about the benefits of exercise and physical fitness. This very special day has the significance of a birth certificate for the 2nd Republic after WWII.

Therefore, October 26 is de facto the first day on which Austria had regained its status as an independent and sovereign state .In 1955, the day of October 26 was also chose by the Austrian Parliament to pass the law on country’s permanent neutrality. Lying geographically in the heart of Europe on the key Danube trade route, Austria plays today a key role in Europe from strategic point of view. The capital, Vienna, is home to key international organisations, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and OPEC, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
With a glorious imperial past, with a very rich historical and cultural heritage, Austrian nation has a lot of reasons to be very proud of its past, present and of a deserved future that is being built nowadays.
Speaking about Austria’s role and influence today in Europe and in the world, not only that it has a strategic position from geographical and strategic point of view, not only that Vienna is hosting HQs of important international institutions, but Austria has a particular place in the world’s cultural and historical heritage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schubert  are just a few composers of Austrian origin  that made their country famous in the field of classical music and that have their names written with golden letters in the world cultural patrimony. In fine art, the paintings of Gustav Klimt are widely admired, while Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, and regarded by some as the most important since Immanuel Kant.
Austria’s National Day in Romania this year was celebrated last Thursday and was hosted by H.E. Mr. Gerhard Reiweger, the new Austrian Ambassador to Bucharest who started his mission here very confident in the further expansion of the bilateral relationship that has a solid background based on historical ties.

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