The City of Berlin celebrated its 775th Anniversary yesterday on Sunday, 28th and it was… not what I expected. Everything started with a fire installation by the world-renowned French fire poets Compagnie Carabosse in front of the Berlin City Hall and after that, the spectacle began…
Inspired by medieval visions of afterlife, the Titanick Theatre Collective had set up 13 individual situations and scenes, an adequate description of how the observer feels when they enter into this dream world, between the Neptun Fountain and the Television Tower.
It was weird but interesting and entertaining, it felt like they combined the Anniversary and Halloween into one single celebration, with success.
Halloween is over, but Thanksgiving (Erntedankfest) is near, time to sell the remains of the big Pumpkin Harvest. Never seen so much different Pumpkins together.
Thanksgiving in German Europe has a long tradition, but one that is different in many ways from that in North America. First of all, the Germanic Erntedankfest (“harvest festival of thanks”) is primarily a rural and a religious celebration. When it is celebrated in larger cities, it is usually part of a church service and not anything like the big traditional family holiday in North America.
Although it is celebrated locally and regionally, none of the German-speaking countries observes an official national Thanksgiving holiday on a particular day, as in Canada or the U.S.