Monday, November 21, 2011

Made in Germany 35 - Erntedankfest

Erntedankfest - Thanks for the Harvest.
The German term for what comes closest to the American Thanksgiving.

However, it is a completely different celebration. Most people don't celebrate it.
It's pretty much celebrated only in church, on the first Sunday in October. The churches are festively decorated with lots of harvest products, with the bread in the center - as in this picture in a small church on the isle of Sylt in the very North of Germany. The words on the bread mean "our daily bread". Well, you know we Germans eat tons of bread!

I wish we would show our thankfulness for a good harvest, for well filled pantries and refrigerators more like the Americans do, with a celebration that is not limited to the churches but is brought into every family. Or, to stay in the picture, where we break the bread and say thanks.

Wishing you all here in the States a lovely Thanksgiving week.


Maria Ontiveros said...

And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Americans don't seem to be as bread-happy as Europeans, but we make up for it with our devotion to other carbohydrates! LOL!

Frida said...

What a beautiful bread it is almost a shame to eat it. One can eat it??

gina said...

Your image is a lovely one for Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday!

Chantal said...

what a nice still life that photo makes, love it

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Das ist ein wunderschönes Foto zum Thema Ernte und Erntedank oder eben Thanksgiving.

see you there! said...

Beautiful bread. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.