Landshuter Hochzeit is Ending Today

I heard over the radio while cooking that the famous Landshuter Hochzeit or Landshut Wedding festival is finally ending today. Estimated around 600,000 tourist and visitors came to this city to witness this famous celebration. I guess I am lucky to visit this place and see some of its events last July 4, 2009. I love this city not only its history but its friendly people as well.



HISTORY OF LANDSHUT WEDDING FESTIVAL

The festival is held in memory of the wedding between George of Bavaria, the son of the Bavarian duke, and Jadwiga Jagiellon, daughter of King Casimir IV Jagiellon of Poland, in 1475.

The wedding was negotiated in 1474 in Cracow through legations. The marriage was of importance, because it was seen as a strong alliance against the Ottoman Turks. At the time, most royal marriages were not entered into because of love, but because of political motivations. It took the bride two months to travel to Landshut, where she was received by princes and bishops.

The bridal pair were married in St. Martin’s Church, and the service was officiated by Salzburg’s Archbishop Bernhard von Rohr. Afterwards the bridal procession proceeded through the Old Town to the Town Hall. Ten thousand people are said to have attended the affair and they were provided food and drink by the young duke’s father.

Livestock eaten at the original festival

* 320 bullocks
* 1,500 sheep
* 1,300 lambs
* 500 calves
* 40,000 chickens

The historic event is notable for its detailed records yielding a complete chronicle of the wedding days. In 1902 a society called “Die Förderer” (the sponsors) was founded to re-animate the Landshuter Hochzeit, one year later the first bridal procession took place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landshut_Wedding

 
 

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