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Erntedank - Thanksgiving

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Erntedank baskets, brought into church by kindergarten children

Erntedank - giving thanks for the year's harvest - is celebrated on the first Sunday in October. Some wine regions, like Rheinhessen, celebrate it later, on the last Sunday in October.

Unlike Thanksgiving in the US, Erntedank is no big holiday observed by everyone. It is a mere church holiday with a special Sunday service. The (main) altar of the church is beautifully decorated with produce from fields and gardens: fruit and vegetables, grain and/or bread, flowers... People in the parish are asked to bring their offerings. Often the Kindergarten children participate in the service, carrying in little baskets with fruit and veggies and helping with the decoration.

Afterwards the food is usually given to a local old people's home or other charity for use in their kitchen.

The Americal holiday of Thanksgiving in late November is not celebrated here.

Posted by Kathrin_E 13:37 Archived in Germany Tagged germany events holidays traditions customs

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