Advent coming to an end, Christmas is close, Christmas time is here.
Time to turn home.
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, on Dec 20, Rüdesheim Christmas Market of Nations celebrates traditions around longest night, in old times dedicated to apostle Thomas, the doubting.
With winter solstice, this longest night of the year is celebrated since ancient times.. Stonehenge and other early monuments mark the point, where the sun rises on this day.
Within our region, a variety of customs are related to this day.
The Brothers Grimm tell about the Wild Hunt, going over the land during Twelve Nights, and about Lady Holle.
Others connect the masks and minstrels of this night to the mumming plays of Nicolas Day, showing humanity’s virtues and vices.
We use a little bit of both sources, borrow the Brothers Grimm rapport about the customs of the Hall of Spinning.
Minstrels and Mummers remind us on the Klöckel walks: In them, the children and the village youth went over land, visiting farms and houses, performing little plays and wishing ‘Frohe Weihnachten’ – Merry Christmas.
Meanwhile, Breuer’s Schloss at Drosselgasse offers delights from the Hall of Spinning as well as from the Hessian country kitchen.
The traditional pageant of the masks and mummers starts at 06:30 pm at the Church on the marketplace, leads via Rheinstraße and Drosselgasse to Oberstraße, where a little refreshment from the Hall of Spinning is waiting.
Pageant closes at about 08:00 pm at the Market with glowing lights and
„Frohe Weihnachten“ – Merry Christmas to all guests and visitors.