Saturday, January 07, 2006

Epiphany

yesterday was Epiphany, which is a holiday here in Austria. No school, no work, well at least for most people. Thinking about all those holidays, I realized that most holidays we have here are connected with the catholic church at least to some extend. No matter whether you are catholic or not you are going to have a day off on catholic holidays. My mom, who is a teacher told me that some of her students who have Muslim families want to take the catholic religion classes that are taught at every school here. This is not that those students would want to convert, but they want to understand the religion of their friends, and they want to be in class with them. The interesting thing about that is that through such actions the catholic students learn a lot about the Islam too.
 
 
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Monday, December 05, 2005

December 8

Thurday is a day off schools here in Austria. Why?
Because Austria is a Catholic country and Thrusay December 8 is the holiday of Immaculate Conception. For those of you who don't know about it read the link!
 
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Holidays in Austria

One of the things about Austria in particular, and I can't speak  on behalf of other countries, but we are a country with mostly holidays which have at least a religious background. So we do have a lot of Christian/Catholic holidays off work or school. There are a few other public holidays like our national holiday or Mayday, but I can't think of any other than those, except for New Year's day.
 
Any more questions on the subject leave a comment and I will come back to it.
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving

Joe from My Voice asked me in an email if we have a holiday like Thanksgiving, so this is going to be the first real post here, as this is the perfect time to write about this one.
 
Well, we don't really have a holiday like it, but we used to have something called Erntedank which was pretty close to Thanksgiving but it is only about being thankful for the harvest of the year, and having plenty to eat.
 
But it is barely celebrated anymore, and I think there are lots of people who are not even aware of a harvest anymore, so it wouldn't mean much to them anyway.
 
if there are more questions to it leave a comment!
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I am starting this blog here because there are so many people who ask me about the way things are here in Europe, or more specific here in Austria, and at the same time there are people who live here asking me about America, so I thought it would be great to have a place to explain things...