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German Easter Tradition – “Klepperer” on tour in Ramstein-Miesenbach
April 19 - April 20
Like every year the boys and girls of the Catholic parish in Ramstein-Miesenbach will carry on the German Easter tradition called “Kleppern”: On Good Friday and Easter Saturday the church bells will not ring in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. On these days the altar servers and other children will parade through the streets of the city rattling with their wooden ratchets, to call the faithful to prayer or to announce a church service. On Good Friday you can hear and see them three times: in the morning, at noon and in the early evening. On Easter Saturday they will tour the city only in the morning. Afterwards they will ring the doorbells at people´s houses and apartments and ask for donations for their special service at Easter and their service at church throughout the year. That is expressed in the German rime that they recite when somebody opens the door: “Wir haben gekleppert bis zum heutigen Tag und bitten um eine Ostergab´“. Besides money they collect sweets and Easter eggs. Most Germans are familiar with this tradition and already await the children at their door with some treats on Easter Saturday. The kids will be happy if other nations welcome them at their doors as well!