Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kids and Birds

Immigrant customs and traditions have been integrated into many aspects of Bird’s Wedding German culture. A significant example of this is the Sorbian tradition of the Bird's Wedding. This wedding ceremony celebrates the coming spring and the birds' thankfulness the children for feeding them throughout the winter. The night before the ceremony, children set out their plates on their windowsill in hopes of birds bringing them sweets or presents. Held annually on January 25th, the children in elementary schools and kindergartens dress up as various birds with one girl specially dressed as the magpie bride and a boy as the raven bridegroom. And the saucers? Each one will have a magpie-shaped pastry with dancing, singing, and celebration follows.

A statuette, translated as a school cone, is give to children in Germany as they set off for their first day of school. These large decorated cardboard cones are usually given by parents or grandparents and filled with sweets, school supplies, and toys. Above is such a sweet and cute pic form the celebration; u can see Fiance Axel kisses his bride Lea during the birds wedding at a kindergarten in Cottbus, eastern Germany.

7 comments:

starry nights said...

Never heard of a bird wedding before.

KK said...

They should start this in India too :)

Keshi said...

never heard of this b4 WOW!

Keshi.

Shiva said...

Seems to be an interesting news with Valentine's day approaching

tulipspeaks said...

hmm bird wedding..sounds a bit weird...


=ammu=

தூயா said...

I shd say "Interesting" :)

krystyna said...

Beautiful picture!
I didn't know about this, but it is wonderful birds wedding!
I wish you happines Jeevan!