Originally a traditional catholic fest, Advent is now part of the traditional German Christmas time.
Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 and is celebrated with the lighting of the first candle of the advent wreath. In Germany this is the time when everyone gets busy with the Christmas preparations. Every child knows exactly what it means when mom puts out the 4 candles and lights the first.
Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning coming) is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern churches’ equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1.
The Advent wreath is one of the most popular symbols used by Germans during the season of Advent. These wreaths, consisting of a circle of evergreen branches set around four candles and decorated with Christmas ornaments, are used in both churches and German homes. Another important part of the advents time, at least for the little ones, is the advents calendar. It starts on December 1st and is filled with little treats and surprises.
Start of all the big Christmas markets is also on the first Advent weekend. So there is no denying it anymore, Christmas is just around the corner!
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