History of Christmas Market

copyright photo by: Euroangel
This photo was taken from last year’s Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany. It is one of the stalls selling selling Christmas decors. There are hundreds of stalls here selling different kinds of goods like clothes, food, christmas decors and a lot more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_market

The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market – first held in 1434 is often (incorrectly) said to be the oldest Christmas market. It attracts between 1.5 and 2 million visitors a year and has over 60 stalls.[1] It is very unlikely that Dresden market is really the oldest as the city was a small town in 1434 and other cities earned market rights. One example is Bautzen Christmas market which was first mentioned in records in 1384. The Vienna “December market” was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.

In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt”. In southern Germany and Austria it is also sometimes called a “Christkind(e)l(s)markt” (South Ger., literally meaning “Christ child market”). Generally held on the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food and drink from open-air stalls with other seasonal items and traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the “Christkind”, or boy Jesus, acted out by a local child.

 

2 Responses to “History of Christmas Market”

  1. Michael Wong 38 Says:

    Hi there, a while ago we had talked about exchanging blogroll links.

    I was supposed to get back to you after I linked to your blog so you could link back.

    I linked to your blog already. When you have some time, please link back ok?

    cheers, michael wong at:

    http://bigmoneylist.blogspot.com/

  2. Euroangel Says:

    already linked you back…thanks Michael..

 

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