First October Snow in Germany

Quite a few people might be rubbing their eyes this morning when they look out the window. I did so as I stood in front of the coffee maker and looking out the window, I saw tons of tiny flakes being hurled around.

Combined with a strong wind, the snow is changing directions every few seconds.

Here in Oberursel, we are at the foot of the Taunus Mountains, but I personally cannot remember ever having seen snow as early as October, at least not in Germany.

It is a beautiful sight.

Just for the record – today is 27 October 2012.

German Thanksgiving Parade

In Germany, Erntedankfest (Thanksgiving) is celebrated on the first Sunday in October. It is only a religious holiday and while growing up in a catholic village, it meant going to church, just like every Sunday.

Besides being a regular Sunday in church, on Erntedankfest though, the church gets decorated with the year’s harvest of vegetables.

Protestants however, celebrate Thanksgiving in style. The neighboring villages of Sennfeld and Gochsheim (near Schweinfurt) are both mainly protestant. Both have a Erntedanksfest Umzug (Thanksgiving Parade) with a big fest afterwards. The most popular food items on the list are Zwiebelsplootz and Federweißer.

Zwiefelsplootz and Federweisser

Here are some pictures taken in Sennfeld (Lower Franconia) on their Thanksgiving Day parade.

Thanksgiving Parade, German style

Men in feathered hats

Some little German helpers

Advert for renewable energy

Thanksgiving Parade participants

Thanksgiving Parade

bountiful harvest

It was a rather short parade, but worth attending. Sadly enough, the number of participants keeps shrinking as interest in traditions is slowly fading.

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