Thanksgiving and consecration

A selection of canned | Picture: FM
A selection of canned | Picture: FM
The year is coming to an end, the crops have been brought in, the harvest has ended, in short, thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the first Sunday in October. Field crops are brought to the church and thanked for the abundant harvest with a festive service.

The year is coming to an end, the crops have been brought in, the harvest has ended, in short, thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving was celebrated on the first Sunday in October. Field crops are brought to the church and thanked for the abundant harvest with a festive service.

When the days get shorter again and the leaves change color, the working year for the farmers comes to an end. The winter supply has been created, apples, pears, grapes and potatoes have been harvested.

In the past there was the so-called potato vacation for the children. In these, they could help their parents with the potato harvest and snack on the first potatoes at the end of the harvest at the potato fire. Today the potatoes are harvested fully automatically and the potato holidays are called autumn holidays.
Now it was time for the church consecration, the secular celebration at the end of the farming year.

The names vary regionally. From funfair to notch or Kerwe to the fair or Kirta. Originally, church consecration markets were held on the third weekend in October. Stalls were set up around the church. Here you could buy all sorts of everyday things: pots, fabrics, ribbons, spices and much more. A scissors grinder was on site and of course there were also sweets to buy. A carousel was set up for the children, which they also had to drive themselves. Today only a few of these church consecration markets are held.

The date is set freely and 'Die Kirmes' often takes place in spring. The simple carousel has given way to ultra-modern, fast and noisy rides. But one thing persists:
It is still an attraction and a much-used amusement for young and old. (FM)

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