Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tradition and culture


We learn something new every day. Living in Europe is an incredibly interesting, different and eye-opening cultural experience. Tonight was the official end of the Esslingen Middle Ages Market and Christmas Market. Our neighbors told us last night that the way the locals mark the end of the market, is to walk in a procession from the Alt Stadt (Old Town), up the stairs to the castle (which is about a 10 minute walk from our house). They all carry fire-lit torches and watch in a circle on the castle grounds, the people from the Middle Ages market dance to traditional music, while swinging their torches. Quite a sight. We took some videos of the event so we could share the experience with you!
***(PRESS PLAY BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEOS!!! BE SURE TO TURN UP THE VOLUME TO LISTEN TO THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC)***

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