Each year Christmas Markets spring up around Germany in the weeks before the Christmas holidays, signalling the beginning of Advent.
The centuries-old tradition reaches back to a time when regular seasonal markets took place throughout the year. The first Christmas Markets were little more than winter markets that lasted a couple of days.
Usually, the Christmas Markets were held around the city’s main church to attract church-goers. But they were so enticing that a priest in Nürnberg in 1616 complained that he could not hold the Martin Lutherafternoon service on Christmas Eve because no one attended.
It is likely that the Christmas Markets drew more visitors when religious reformer Martin Luther instituted new customs for Christmas. Before Luther, the exchanging of presents took place on the saint days of St. Nicholas, December 6, or of St. Martin, on November 11.
It was Luther who suggested that children receive presents from “the Christ child,” hence the name “Christkindlsmarkt,” a popular name for many Christmas Markets especially in the south of Germany.
For more: The History of Christmas Markets
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sacavem (18610) 2012-12-03 6:54
Really fasinating lights and a great pov to show us this beautiful decorated.
Happy Holidays and Merry-Christmas,
mayjayne (3497) 2012-12-03 7:53
Nice capture of these lights - very nice colours with a festive atmosphere.
Kielia (23581) 2012-12-03 8:22
eine sehr gut geschriebene Note begleitet dieses schöne Bild! Weihnachtsmärkte sind lohnende Orte und Du präsentierst hier einen richtigen Leckerbissen. Ein Bild, das sehr viel Freude macht und eine erstklassige Arbeit!
baclama (18057) 2012-12-03 8:57
belles couleurs, belles illuminations, bonne gestion de la lumiere...
Noel approche à grand pas...
maxifred (0) 2012-12-03 9:10
Children as adults like me are always fascinated by the warm ambiance of the Christmas markts...
This lovely picture brings me years ago,indeed...
Thanks for this!
TopGeo (38202) 2012-12-03 10:02
Hello Janos! This is a very interesting photograph and a very interesting note to accompany it too.
This street shot is about depth you of Christmas ideas with some nice colors to add interest in fairly dull grey day. But the bright colors do add the visual aspect of the shot to cheer up the rather threatening sky and this provides good overall contrast to this mood atmosphere of Christmas . Well done
notrap (5883) 2012-12-03 11:18
ein schönes Foto, rot und schwarz sind eyecatcher. Und Du hast die Essenz deutscher Weihnachtsmärkte getroffen! Schöne Note, die Du dazu rausgesucht hast.
- Copyright: Janos Sofalvi (joso) (2417)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-30
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-03 6:12