Funny Franconian Hats and German Culture

This video clip shows the annual country fair (German style) in a small village in Lower Franconia. Traditionally, the two neighboring protestant villages of Sennfeld and Gochsheim have a proud display of local costumes.

This one is from Gochsheim, a village just about 12 km from my catholic hometown village of Hambach. After all these years of living somewhere else, I get to see the much talked about celebration on YouTube.

I enjoyed listening to the brass brand, but what got most of my interest are the unusual hats the guys are wearing. Those guys come into the clip at about 1:30.

The participants are wearing the Volkstracht (national costume; national representing Franconia in this case) and the significance of the hats is: rigid top hat with many colored bands, a.k.a. love bands or rosemary sticks, representing fertility and loyalty.

A bit more about their costumes in German at the Gochsheimer Plantracht.

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Oberursel Film Clip

Today’s local paper carried an article about the production of an Imagefilm about Oberursel. This clip took 23 days to make, 16 hours were initially recorded, and its production costs came close to € 20.000.

I was pleasantly surprised how well our town was captured on film. It featured the Forellengut in the Oberursel forest, a sculptor at work, a car ride through the countryside around Oberursel, the U-Bahn, the Marktplatz, half-timbered houses, and many more sights. It even included several segments of Frankfurt International School.

If you have ever lived in Oberursel and want to reminisce a bit, then watch this clip.

You can watch the kurze Version (a three-minute clip) or the lange Version (an eight-minute clip) on    Oberursel Tourismus.

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