Last Thursday was Christi Himmelfahrt, or Ascension Day, or something I’ve never heard of prior to living in Catholic Bavaria. For some reason, the Germans decided to go ahead and sandwich this together with Father’s Day. In the middle of the week, as it’s always a Thursday. Now, this is Germany, so I’m sure there’s some logical reason for this (other expat folk… feel free to weigh in on this for me), but I don’t know what it is.
In America, Father’s Day is the day to make your dad breakfast, let him watch sports uninterrupted, or do something with the family. In Germany? Well…. not so much. I foolishly asked students what they planned on doing for the occasion and I got two responses.
1) Um, nothing?
One group told me that the guys all get together, and pull wagons filled with beer from pub to pub. Basically a bar crawl except they don’t stop drinking between bars… hence the wagon. While I was out and about on “Father’s Day” I saw a few of these groups. One group was all in Lederhosen, with one girl in a Dirndl along for the ride. And for some reason, this poor girl was tasked with pulling the wagon. The other group I saw was this one…
Sorry it’s so far away… I was on my phone and trying not to attract their attention by gawking. Right after this they crossed the street, and six of them went behind a billboard to empty their bladders, so I doubt they would have noticed either way. With their minds distracted and all.
According to my students though, this is more of a ‘sport’ for the young’uns. Once they have kids, they get stuck at home and don’t get to pull wagons through the street anymore. Schade.
Now, if you are one of the odd folks who enjoys getting their dad a little something for Father’s Day, might I direct your attention to the following link. I can’t figure out a way to embed it here, so just go ahead and click on the first video.