Every year, on the last Thursday in January “Kalter Markt” (cold market) is held in Römhild, a small town in the district of Hildburghausen. It is one of the preserved traditions in Römhild. The town got market rights in 1498. Traditional markets in Römhild were animal and wool markets. In 1800 there was the first ‘cold Market’, so it´s the 213th this year. 🙂
Many years ago the market stated at 4 am, now 6 am. Thousands of people came every year.
Nowadays you can buy toys, food, clothes, jewelry and still animals for example: rabbits, chicken, pigeons and many more. About 200 trader are there every year.
This year the cold market is on 31th of January. In Römhild people say, “Either you freeze or you drown”. 😉
When the market ends the people go in to the pubs, have fun and sing the song of the cold market.