Sunday, April 12, 2009

Frohe Ostern

Spring is particularly beautiful in Munich, and Easter brings a lot of that beauty to the forefront. Many of the traditions are much like you would see in other Christian countries. I’ve seen it described as the same “fertility and Spring-related icons – eggs, bunnies and flowers.” The primary German speaking countries are Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; and they are largely Christian countries. Thus, Easter is an important holiday and most people have both the Friday prior and the Monday after off of work. Most Bavarians have raised the art of decorating hollowed out eggs to a fine art. On Easter day, families generally get together for an Easter meal, and afterwards the children search for eggs the Easter Bunny (Osterhase) left for them. Many families go out together in the afternoon for a relaxing Easter Walk. That’s the traditional holiday. Now a days, I think more and more people are simply getting away for a four-day weekend, as the city is quite empty these days.

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