Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium 2016
November 15, 2016 in Belgium
Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium takes place on November 15, 2016. The Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium is celebrated each year. It is a public holiday for the German-speaking Community of Belgium but it is not celebrated elsewhere in Belgium. The German-speaking Community measures over 853 km2 in the Belgian region of Wallonia, and is made up of two territories consisting of nine municipalities. This territory roughly covers the formerly Prussian districts of Eupen, Malmedy and Sankt Vith. The East Cantons were part of the Rhine Province of Prussia until 1920, but were annexed by Belgium following Germany's defeat in World War I and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles. Today Malmédy is not part of the German-speaking Community. In 1989, there was a call for proposals for a flag and arms of the Community. In the end the coat of arms of the Community was designed by merging the arms of the Duchy of Limburg and the Duchy of Luxembourg, to which the two parts of the community belonged before Belgian independence. A decree adopted on October 1, 1990 and published on November 15, 1990 prescribed the arms, the flag, the colours and the Community day, which was to be celebrated on November 15. (With material from: Wikipedia)
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