by Andrea Spiegelsberger, Hannah Stadler, Lisa Braxenthaler

We will show you about buildings, groups and usual things in our communities, because we all live in different villages. We hope our information will help you to understand our way of life.
The center of the village is usually the Roman-Catholic-Church. The worship is every Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Around the church there is a cemetery. On celebration-days there is also a worship in the church, on Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and on Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. The church-tower rings every day every 15 minutes.
In a village we also have a day nursery. Before the children must go to school they can visit our day nursery. The parents bring their children from 8 o ´clock to 12 o `clock. The kids can play the whole morning. They also learn something, they need at school.

After the day nursery the kids must go to school in the first class of our primary school. The primary school is from the first to the fourth class. The children learn to read, write and they also do sports, music and painting. The primary school is not as exhausting as the school life from the fifth class on wards. The teachers are very friendly to the kids and they do not have marks even in the fourth class.
In our village we have a bakery. The baker must get up at night and go to the kitchen to bake for his store to sell it. He bakes pretzels, rolls, bread, cookies and so on. After church on Sunday morning most people go to the bakery and buy something for breakfast.

The maypole is a very high tree, but only the trunk of the tree. The trunk is ca. 30 m high and has always wonderful decoration, with different sings about professions in the village for example: baker, grocer, dancers, farmers and so on. In our village it’s tradition to set up the trunk every five years, but it can vary in other villages.
The guest house is often beside the maypole. In the guest house you
can eat and drink special Bavarian foods. It’s also a place for festivals, weddings, theatres, children´s carnival and so on. Very important is also the beer garden with the many chestnut trees. For large events as raising the maypole, people go to the village place. That is the place in front of the guest house.
In our community there are various clubs, sport clubs, the Catholic Rural Youth, the organ club, the gardening club, the cross-country club, the country club women and many more. In most communities there is a youth center, where you can stay, meet others and play games. In summer there are events for the whole family, with games, face painting, flea market, food- and drink stalls.

As we said, there are many clubs in the communities. I'll explain some closer. From the confirmation there is a youth group, the Catholic Rural Youth. Every Thursday they meet and make a variety of projects, as garbage collection, so that the community will be clean, in the Christmas time they go to the old people and give them flowers or cakes and in summer they practice to play baseball for a baseball tournament.

At any age you can go into the cross-country skiing club. You train two to four times a week and have a lot of fun and get to know new friends. You go on several trips together, such as in the high ropes course, boating, to the swimming pool and much more. In winter, a 3-day trip is the highlight. Of course there is also a cross-country track in our community. 


We also have a sport field where we can do sport activities, like playing football, basketball, hockey and many more. There are also different dance groups such as hip hop, break dance, step dance and zumba.
For children the village has a playground. You can come and go there when you want. There is a swing, a sandpit, a chute and more for kids. It is a lot of fun.

In the communities there are different festivals and events. This year, for
example, in St. Leonhard there was the “Wonneberger country fall”. True to the motto, “Show what we have” were Bavarian traditions, customs and old trades, like the blacksmith and broom makers demonstrated their skills to the visitor. They also showed old ways of working and attachments. For children there was of course something going on.  The rural youth supervised the young children, played with them and did face painting. For the physical well being naturally was also provided.


Typical of Bavaria are the houses that are built with lots of wood and
usually very old. The balcony is decorated with many flowers, especially
geraniums. Most people in Bavaria have their own garden where they plant
flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Mostly the people have a large garden with many fruit trees, especially apple- and cherry trees. The front part of the house is where the people live. Often in the back of the house there is the stall, where cows, calves, pigs, horses, hens and lambs are. They need to be fed and milked twice daily. The farmers sell the milk to a company who produces cheese, milk or yoghurt. In the summer the animals get fresh grass of the meadow, and in the winter they get silage, which also consists of grass.

 


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    The Authors:

    We are the students of 8A at the Maria-Ward-Schule in Traunstein, Germany and of 2AB at Loreto College Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland.

    This blog was created for our first virtual exchange project. Every week we will upload different topics about school life, tradition, culture and leisure in our home countries and exchange ideas and comments about these.

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