Hermannsburg Little Oaks’ Oracle

2017-03-08 06:03
The Hermannsburg Little Oaks enjoy their Karnival experience, dressing up for the occasion.

The Hermannsburg Little Oaks enjoy their Karnival experience, dressing up for the occasion.

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KARNIVAL is a German tradition that is known world-wide and has been celebrated by Germans since the Middle Ages.

“The celebration takes place six weeks before Easter, just before the period of fasting or Lent begins.

In fact, the original name still used in parts of the German speaking world, Fastnacht (night before the fast), reveals these early Christian origins.

“The 40 days leading up to Easter were intended as a quiet, reflective time. According to the church, people should abstain from heavy eating and drinking during Lent as a way to remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

The normal order of things was reversed - the figure of the fool or clown was respected, and the nobility was openly satirised. The simple craftsmen and workers rose to the position of prince in their guilds and paraded through the streets in hand-sewn robes showering bystanders with food and wine instead of golden coins.”

So, last Monday our big and small pupils celebrated Karnival, dressed up in cute costumes, our Little Oaks could not wait to receive sweets thrown down from a Karnival float, driven by Mr Rainer Kassier.

It was a day of fun. We extend a big thank you to Mrs Jenny Matulat and her German department for organising this special event, and to Mr Rainer Kassier for giving of his time so willingly.

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