Thanksgiving Day in Germany
Germany celebrates Thanksgiving on October 6. It is a Christian Festival to the believers thank God for the gifts of field and forest. In many communities, this is one of the festive highlights of the autumn. In the joy of the successful harvest will be taken to the expression.
At the heart of the Festival is the expression of thanks to God for crop yields
Thanksgiving Day is not a holiday in Germany. There is no single date for the beautiful Autumn Festival. The vast majority of the Christian communities celebrating Thanksgiving but on the first Sunday in October. Therefore we opted this year for this date – the 6th -.
In many cities, you can observe such trains
Thanksgiving looks back on a long tradition. This Festival was already in pre-Christian times. Similar rites are known in Northern Europe, Greece or from the Roman Empire. In the Roman Catholic Church, a Thanksgiving Day is occupied since the 3rd century. Because the harvest is applied depending on the climate zone at different times, there was never a single appointment.
Thanks to the natural
After the Reformation, we celebrated Thanksgiving at Michaelmas (September 21) or the Sunday before or after. With the time the first Sunday after Michaelis bürgerte predominantly as the date for Thanksgiving.
Traditional round bread
This year, the 6th is celebrated on quite colorful in Germany. Classically be held processions and prayers this Sunday, which may not be colorful and autumnal.
Adorned the churches for Thanksgiving with decorative flower arrangements from fruit, grain and other crops are
But the Festival has today not only religious, but also secular character. It invites like on Sunday to a brunch with friends – in good weather even still out and enjoys the still sunny autumn hours!
A magnificent festival decoration
Now the question arises quite logically: the American Thanksgiving Day is Thanksgiving?
The American Thanksgiving Day, set Friday, has to do very little with the harvest festival in Germany. While Thanksgiving in Europe has a strong religious meaning, the secular character weighs in over at Thanksgiving. On the fourth Thursday in November is in the family celebrated, there is remembered on the Pilgrim Fathers and their lives, the days used to be with the whole family together. Typical of Thanksgiving is that it very well – eaten traditional American dishes such as: a stuffed Turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie is served.
So for Americans, Thanksgiving is a Thanksgiving for all the best and every success
It’s so nice to have such holidays like Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day! You also find it? I think it’s great!