Monday, April 18, 2011

Made in Germany 5

The Sunday before Easter is Palmsonntag (Palm Sunday) in Germany, remembering the day when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Karwoche (Holy Week) which finds its peak with Karfreitag (Good Friday), a holiday in Germany, and ends with Easter. In the more Catholic parts of the country you find a lot of crosses on the side of roads or in front of little chapels.

This might give you the impression that Germany is a very religious country.
It is not.
However, it is in line with a Christian tradition which is mainly shaped by the Catholic church and the Protestant church. There still is religious education in elementary school which I find hopelessly outdated. If you belong to one of the two main churches, you have to pay taxes to the church (collected by the state). You have the possibility to leave the church and it is very easy to do so.

Whatever position one may have to religion, these crosses belong to the German landscape. They talk about tradition and culture. Even though I am not a religious person at all, I don't want to miss these landmarks in my country. They just belong.

Do you want to share anything German, be it a photo, memory, food, whatever? Please do so with a link in your comment and we will come and visit.



Friko said...

Hast du einen permanenten link zu solchen posts?

Ich habe oft ueber Deutschland geschrieben; ich werde mich dann demnaechst hier anmelden.

I am not religious either, although I was educated in a catholic school but I don't want to miss my festivals. Although I hardly do anything myself, I still decorate my branches with blown and painted easter eggs and put little baskets with chocolate eggs out.

It's amazing how these old traditions are part of my daily life still.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a beautiful sculpture. So many georgous carved wooden pieces come from Germany.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm glad I made it here to see your lovely German cross. Like you, I am not religious, but this is an icon and truly IS part of Germany's culture. And of course, it is so marvelously photographed.

Carola said...

I haven't been here for a while. Your series "Made in Germany" is very good. I like the way you write and your photos as well.

Today my post is called
Typical german