Given you celebrate Christmas, do you have a special name for December in your language?
We do in Switzerland. It is called Adventszyt in Swiss German or Adventszeit in German. This special time of the year starts with December 1st this year. That is today, hooray!
We have a tradition to make what is known as Adventskranz – Advent wreath – and light a new candle every Sunday for four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Today is October 31 and it may well be known as Halloween to you. I went to Wikipedia to learn a bit about the history of this day. The word derives from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve and stands for the evening before All Hallows’ day (also known as All Saints’ day), which is tomorrow on November 1. The term Halloween probably first appeared in 1745 and the traditions around this day are believed to have their origins in the ancient Celtic culture. These days it is famous, I think, for how the people in the USA go about it.
Halloween had no tradition in Switzerland until recently.
What about the place you live, is Halloween celebrated there?
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As you may know, I am also a German teacher and as such I welcome people from all over the world in my classroom. It may well happen that every student comes from another country and we count around ten nations. Right now we combine six from three continents. Nigeria and Eritrea/Africa, Mongolia, Nepal and Syria/Asia, Switzerland/Europe (that is obviously me :-)). It is a privilege to learn from one another and form a space of trust, respect, and kindness. Read more
Weisstannen is a pretty little Swiss village surrounded by mountains and boasting an arena you can see four spectacular waterfalls from. It is also an entry point to the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona.
Before or after you go on a hike, though, you can enjoy a refreshment in the almost 250 years old former post office. While you sip a homemade syrup and maybe indulge on a handmade meringue, you most probably can’t take your eyes off of all the charming items and details originating from days long gone.
It is holiday time! Yay!
Well, mine will only be later in the year, but it means cities are now quieter, trains emptier, and you can easily find a spot wherever you are looking for one, in the garden of a restaurant, along the lake’s shore, in front of the gelateria (ice cream selling stand) ;0).
Are you on holidays right now? If yes, where are you? In Switzerland maybe?
Or have you been to Switzerland on another occasion?
If you know Switzerland, what do you love most about this country?
Just so, I’d like to share some Swissness with you today. They are some impressions from one mountain village in the Bernese Alps.
When on holidays in Sardinia two years ago, I met this incredible woman after I had already learnt that quite many people in Sardinia healthily grow to a 100+ years old.
In the streets I really saw many more elderly people than I would at home. What struck me even more is that they mostly walked around without any walking sticks or walking frames. They met no matter the heat, men sitting on a bench chatting excitedly with each other, neighbouring women talking to each other from one window to the other or in front of their houses. Couples coming down to the Piazza to meet others and see what’s going on.
They may also still be working eight hours a day at the age of 90!
Meet Rosaria. Read more