Reformation Day–”Ya say you want a revolution!!!”
About 500 years ago on October 31st Martin Luther, a German monk, turned from the Catholic church. Here is a very good description of the events…https://thideology.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/standing-against-superstitions/
He changed the course of the history of the church that day.
Since we are talking about Martin Luther, I thought I would share a little from another Luther celebration.
Our family took a trip to Germany last summer with my in-laws. The trip coincided with Lutherfest, the celebration of Martin Luther’s marriage to Katharina von Bora. It was a festival like no other I have experienced.
Here is our hotel…
We started the day before the festival at the Wartburg Castle.
The Wartburg is where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.
This is his desk.
The castle is quite ornate in places. Of course it has changed throughout the years.
They only allowed a limited number of photographers to take pictures. Naturally, we designated Chip as our photographer. Notice his official, fancy, green sticker.
There was a little cafe just outside the castle entrance.
This is where they guys started the wurst count (or as we in the states call them…brats)
I’m not sure I remember how many they ate on our trip, but it was a lot!
After we returned to the hotel from the castle, we decided to check out the festival scene.
The main festival events didn’t start until Saturday. There were a few things to see and do that Friday night though.
We had dinner a small restaurant. The highlight was the picture posing we did!
One of the things I loved about German was all the flowers!
Everywhere you went there were flower boxes. The little restaurant had a flower cart that was too cute!
Saturday morning we were excited to get to the festival–maybe a little too excited. We got there before too much was happening. There were a couple of vendors open, so we looked around a bit.
Before we knew it we started to hear a commotion! Drums!
Two bands marched through the streets to a field. There were all kinds of tents set up in the field. Everyone was having their own party. It was kind of like how you might imagine a tailgate party in the 1500s would be!
Of course my band girls LOVED seeing the marching bands!
We didn’t have a program, well, not one we could read. There was a program–in GERMAN! We could make out bits and pieces. It was more fun to just hang out and see what happened next!
We had a time to tour the Castle Church.
This is the church were Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses.
The church was under a bit of construction at the time. Our tour was in German. Here is a tip, don’t answer your cell phone during a German tour! (any tour for that matter) There was one fella, who didn’t speak German either, who decided to have a conversation in the über resonant church! The tour guide told him, “Hello! We wait!”
All along the festival/parade route were vendors of all sorts–food, toys, herbs, jewelry. After our church tour, the girls and I felt the need to fit in to the atmosphere a little more.
There was a pretzel stand right outside of the church!
We had the chocolate one, of course.
Next we stepped into a visitor center for a minute. I don’t remember where the others were. I DO remember the sky opened up and rain poured!!! The details of when and where everyone was are a little faded. I just remember Chip and Bud getting drenched!
This movie poster was in the visitor center. We have this movie. It is REALLY good. Maybe we will watch it tonight!
It is a good thing we did a lot of walking on this trip because we did a lot of eating!!!
These potato pancakes with apple sauce were quite tasty!!
We obviously couldn’t eat from EVERY food cart, although we wanted to try them all!
Crepes with Nutella and bananas!
This little pizza was yummy. Instead of a traditional red sauce, it had a white sauce that was like a cross between alfredo sauce and ranch dressing.
Megan had spied this huge pan of sautéed mushrooms and couldn’t wait to try them!
Fresh fruit was a welcome change from all the fried food!
These little custard cups were AMAZING! Strawberries with vanilla creme. I still need to work on replicating this recipe. I think if I can ever make it as delicious as it was in Wittenberg, my family will never let me make another dessert!
The parade was such fun!
People of all ages participated.
I’m not 100% sure why I am making this face…
Maybe it had something to do with this…
The parade was a “wedding celebration”. There was a reenactment of the Luthers wedding ceremony. We missed the ceremony but caught them in the parade.
Toward the end of the parade route there were people passing around little cups of champagne. Katie didn’t think much of it!
That evening we went to a church service–in English!
Since it was the Lutherfest wedding celebration, there was a special ceremony for married couples to reaffirm their wedding vows. It was very cool. We all cried.
I hope you will go read the Martin Luther link. Here it is again so you don’t have to scroll forever! https://thideology.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/standing-against-superstitions/
Hopefully, you will have a new way of thinking about October 31st!