Austria’s National Holiday
Every year the Austrian National Holiday is celebrated on the 26th of October Unlike other countries’ holidays, Austria’s holiday isn’t based on a won battle, indepedency or unification.
Beginnings; After WWII, Austria was on its path to become a
and it was aiming to become a neutral state. However, things didn’t start to proceed until Stalin died and the Soviet Union was finally willing to withdraw their occupation troops. Hence, in 1954, the Soviet Union demanded politicial neutrality from Austria and in return, the allies will withdrawl all their occupation troops.
Neutrality; Once the Austrian State Treaty was signed, the Allies had to ratify it. France being the last to ratify the treaty triggered the 90 day period in which all Allies troops had to leave the country. The 25th of October was the last day of this deadline where the very last British troop handed over the barracks in Klagenfurt Lendort back to Austria, hence making the 26th of October 1955 the first day of an unoccupied, neutral Austria.