Maibaum

One who is in India need not wait for Sun, not so in Germany. I had heard the song "Sommer Sonne" and had thought why this? Do people miss Sun so much. I did realize it within few days of my stay in Germany. It sure makes a lot of difference indeed. Without Sun day is dull.

Weather forecast said it's gonna be Sunny on Sunday. With our German guests, we set out to Ahrweiler which was around 50 km form Bonn. These cities (Bonn and Ahrweiler) are on the bank of Rhine. There is a beautiful stretch you can drive along. Going by train is more fun as you can see the river's magnificent flow.

City was full of hotels. Typical tourist spot. People came here to trek n to camp. We sat in the coffee shop with an ice cream under the Sun in the evening. Sun was really bright at 7. We chatted for a long time about the plants, the hotels, the crazy bike riders and the cars. Waitress came to us to remind that it was gonna be 8 and she had to leave for home. Evening 8 means in Germany means "All Close". hmm... Back home, in India, I used to come back home by that time n have tea. Well India sleeps late ;).

So we had to get out of the restaurant but the talk found no bound of the time. German guests were in their 60's . Amused by the young generation. As we drove back home, we saw a truck carrying huge branch of a tree. Decorated with color papers. It has a beautiful story behind.

On 30th April night, these decorated trees stand as a message of love in front the Girl's house. Now you got it. Men erect the branch in front of their Sweethearts' house as a proposal. And it's called Maibaum ( May tree/May pole). It is not just any tree branch, but specially from the tree, Birche. This year it is girls' turn I heard. Girl brought the branch and decorated for her sweetheart.

Every country, every region, every state has it's own culture. Different colors of nature and life. Thoughts and beliefs. They are like different colors in rainbow. It looks beautiful only because it has different colors.

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  1. Nice Article sa :)
    Nice to know such things about Germany

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