A short while back, I posted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ post. Some folks used that as a chance to ask for advice in advance of their upcoming travels to the area, and I tried to answer what I could of those in regular e-mail. Some of the remaining questions are really interesting, so I’ve decided to do a series of “You asked, I answer” posts. Let’s get started!
Here’s a question from Rarasaur: What’s your favorite holiday, including minor or obscure ones?
My favorite holiday is actually New Year’s Eve. While I’m not a religious person, I believe firmly in the concepts of circles closing, in things ending, and in getting a fresh start. New beginnings are important.
My second favorite holiday is birthdays. All birthdays. Mine, yours, the birth of the Sony Walkman, and so forth. Like I said a minute ago, beginnings are important.
As for the rest of the holidays- I like Halloween and Fasching because I like to see people dressed up in nifty costumes. I like Thanksgiving because I like to have tasty food with my family. I like the Day of the Dead because it’s important to remember those who have passed beyond the rim. I like May Day because giant poles with streamers and decorations! I like Valentine’s Day because I’m a romantic at heart. I like La Tomatina because pelting people with tomatoes is fun and more than a little strange. I like Diwali, despite only learning about it this past year, because it’s a festival of lights, involves family, and is utterly fascinating to me. I also like invented holidays, such as Talk Like A Pirate Day, Towel Day, and yes, even Steak and a BJ Day.
I tend to like the holidays that are about people and introspection more, and the holidays that are about giving and receiving gifts less.
Here’s a related question from Jenny: What has been your favorite German event/celebration so far?
I quite liked Palmator, the Starkbierfest that turns up on Palm Sunday each year, when Prösslbräu Brewery in Adlersberg serves up their signature bock beer for the first time.
I also enjoyed the Jazz festival that turned up here one weekend, and Mai Dult, which had all the things you would expect from a festival here- beer tents, bands, lots of interesting food, and carnival-style rides.
I haven’t made it to Oktoberfest yet, but I’m hoping to make it this year.
Do you have anything you’d like to ask? The Ask Me Anything post is still open!