May Day in Germany

Happy (belated) May Day everyone! Yesterday, many countries around the world celebrated International Worker’s Day. This year, the 1st of May was a complicated mesh of a variety of holidays. It was a Sunday, so many people had the day off anyway. It was also Orthodox Easter, so many were too busy eating lamb and colored hard boiled eggs to appreciate the extra day off that the 1st of May usually brings. However, always true to form, this part of Germany commemorates May Day yet another way, which I had never heard of before.

Yesterday morning, sweethearts throughout the land woke up to a new young tree decorated and planted outside their windows. They look something like this


While my heart hurts for the thousands of young trees that must have been cut down in the woods on Saturday night, a part of me can’t help but admit that, as a teenager, waking up to a decorated tree with my name on it planted outside my bedroom window would have certainly put a smile on my face. It’s a very cute tradition, despite the fact that finding a more ecologically-minded way of perpetuating it might not be such a bad idea.


  1. says

    It’s actually not common anymore to plant individual trees, but it is still rather common that there’s a celebration in the village where one tree is planted and celebrated, usually the same one every year with insignia from local clubs

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      I don’t know how common it was before, but I passed at least 10 of them on my way to work, and 2 were in front of an apartment complex in front of my house O.O

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      Did I say 10? Actually more like 55… I counted on my way home from work yesterday, it’s amazing how little attention I pay to my surroundings in the morning!

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