Schuman Day? What’s that? It’s another name for Europe Day. It’s a day when the creation of the European Union is observed throughout the continent. Well at least that’s what Wikipedia’s page about it says.
However as typical throughout Europe, they manage to mess up even the designation of a single day to “celebrate” the start of the union. Some countries celebrate it on the 5th of May which is the day when the Council of Europe was founded. Others celebrate it on the 9th which is Schuman Day, or the day when Robert Schuman (yes he’s very famous as he’s the founding father of the EU) decided to set up a supranational community of European countries. An excuse for the 9th being the used is because it coincides with V Day. No not VE day, just V Day. The day when WWII ended for the Soviet Union. But then the rest of Europe celebrates VE day on the 8th. Says it all really that the birth of the EU should be linked with one of the key dates of a socialist country.
To confuse things even more and to have an excuse for yet another money wasting “project” there is even a EU flag day. And no, it’s not in May. It’s in September, on the 29th.
Anyway, don’t bother – you’ve missed it. Just be glad that you did. I hope you didn’t see anyone celebrating like the people in the photo above.