|St. Gervasius and Protasius Church in Irsch|
There is always more to learn and to share with you. I haven't done much of that during this past year. The reason my blog has been so inactive was my resolution to finish the book I am writing in 2016. The end of 2016 is approaching quickly. But there will not be any information about that until my December blog post.
Because of the holiday we celebrated today, Thanksgiving, I want to show a similar German custom that I had observed in Irsch and participated in when I rented an apartment in Saarburg. I never thought there might be a historic explanation of either. The German customs I took no notice of are a part of a celebration called Erntedankfest.
I would never have known there was more to the picture above if I had not read an article from the very useful "German Language Blog." So I am thankful that "Erntedankfest German Thanksgiving" enlightened me to the historical aspects. The following comes directly from that blog post:
"First, the breakdown of the word. ‘Ernte’ means harvest, while ‘Dank’ comes from ‘Danke’, meaning thank you, and ‘Fest’ is German for festival or celebration. The word Erntedankfest therefore translates to ‘Harvest thank festival’. So Erntedankfest is a harvest festival where you express thanks for the food you have received throughout the year!"
|Closeup of the Entdenkfest altar in Irsch|