|Irsch, St. Gervasius and Protasius Catholic Church in Autumn 2004|
|Irsch, St. Gervasius and Protasius Catholic Church in Autumn 2010|
|Potatoes, squash, apples, grapes|
Halloween celebrated, we look forward to Thanksgiving in the United States, and Christmas is already here in if you believe shop windows, TV ads, and some radio and television stations.
In Kreis Saarburg, there are also celebrations but they seem to meld better into the autumn of the year. Here are some that originated with our ancestors and are still a part of the excitement of early and late fall.
I had seen this kind of decoration on autumn trips to my ancestors' village church in Irsch, enchanted with the kind of workmanship I generally associate with the Rose Bowl parade. The closeup pictures above and the one below show the elegance of the most commonplace of decorating materials and the time given to produce this kind of thanksgiving to God from the fruit of the land.
Giving Thanks for St. Martin, Happy Children, and Rabimmel, Rabammel, Rabumm
Over the past several years, I have explained many of the traditions associated with St. Martin's Day (also known as Martini) as well as the importance of his November Feast. If you click on the St. Martin's Day label at the right of the post page, the many activities associated with the day as well as the history and social customs are described, including carrying hollowed out gourds or pumpkins lit with candles.
The custom of this celebration is still alive and well in the villages around Saarburg and in that city itself. Most of 2013's customs are much the same as in the 1800s, although the lanterns carried by the children as they parade in the street are made of fireproof material and lighted with safe candles of one kind or another. The Irsch website page just recently announced the village's 2013 lantern parade:
Die Martinsumzug, http://www.irsch-saar.de/irschnew.htm