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Thanksgiving

Maybe you’ve heard about Thanksgiving in a Hollywood movie. But here, in Germany, it has a slightly different meaning. It’s a traditional religious feast for giving thanks to God for the harvest. It’s held in autumn. And even it’s a religious feast, the date isn’t necessarily fix. It’s mostly held on the first Sunday of October, but the date varies from region to region.

For Thanksgiving the sanctuary is decorated with local fruits, vegetables, potatoes, grain and bread. The decoration vary from region to region. There is no rule, what has to be shown. In Bavaria these decorations are very nice and more elaborated, than in other German states. Many traditions are still in place in Bavaria, even they are already vanished away in other regions.

Here are some impression I took in Marienmünster of Dießen and The Wies.

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