EASTER IN NEUSS
April 10 2020 - April 13 2020
Easter falls on the first Weekend following the first full moon after the spring equinox on March 21, the time of year when the length of day and night are equal. Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday thus wander between March and April. Consequently the date can vary from year to year up to a few weeks.
A highly religious tradition surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is celebrated in all regions and by both protestant and catholic churches in Germany including Neuss. The tradition surrounding fertility reaches back to pagan rites.
Whilst most believe in the Easter bunny, some enjoy eating chocolate Easter eggs, yet others love to colour real chicken laid ones. They can be pierced and hollowed out or previously boiled. In this country, there is a long-standing ritual of hiding eggs for children to search for. The smiles and raucous laughter of happy kids are legendary.
By Vincent Green, Feb 6 2020
Happenings can vary from celebrations to mark an opening or anniversary to a market or a one off concert. The community is quick to pick up on such events, creating gatherings large and small.
A brief history of Neuss
One of the three oldest Roman settlements in Germany reveals a story covering over 2,000 years. Progressive developments include Napoleonic rule and that of Prussia before becoming part of North-Rhine Westphalia.