Church Fair in Our Town

30 Nov

by Michelle

kerwa1Before Christmas time gets into full swing I’d like to show you some photos of our church fair  – “Kerwa”. It takes place in autumn every year and we enjoy that weekend very much.


Young people dance with their partner and wear historical clothes. In the  afternoon there is a disco for children. In the evening they start a dance for  people older than 14, and there are  funny speeches about the things which happened in the last year.

On Saturday morning young people go from house to house, play music and dance. On Saturday and Sunday they dance arround the “Kerwabaum”, that is a tree decorated and put up in the market square especially for that occasion. ummerstadtumzug1Interested in more information about that tradition in our local villages? Check here


Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Festivals, Germany


6 responses to “Church Fair in Our Town

  1. MrsU

    November 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    What we forgot to mention, this post is not about the town where our school is but the place where Michelle lives – Ummerstadt, the smallest town in our district.

  2. vasiliki54

    November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Wonderful tradition! How nice is to dance and sing and be dressed with amazing costumes! How lucky Michelle and her friends!I wish I were there to enjoy the church fair with you!

  3. mrsc14

    November 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The buildings are beautiful.

  4. Marie-France

    November 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ummerstadt , a beautiful town indeed. I went on Wikipedia and found a striking photo of the place:
    You live in a picturesque town, Michelle. Lucky you.

    One more comment: I click on the link you gave us. A word caught my attention. ” Kermess”? We use that word to in French and we add an “e” to the end of the word so it is written “Kermesse”. It refers to a fair for young people with dancing, singing and sports. We must have borrowed that word from you, guys 🙂 or at least from northern countries.
    Enjoy yourself, Michelle.

  5. MrsU

    December 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    @Marie, ‘Kermess’ and ‘Kirmes’ are terms derived from ‘Kirche’ (church) and ‘Messe’ (mass); ‘Kerwa’ = ‘Kirchweih’ (consecration of a church)
    All three terms refer to a festival usually held in autumn, originally celebrated to commemorate the foundation of the local church or parish
    Maybe your French word ‘Kermesse’ means the same… 😉

  6. heloise 6eD France

    July 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    this is a wonderful and fun tradition.


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