MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Cemetery culture in Germany is unique in the world
Traditionally, people remember the deceased on the Sunday of the Dead. They visit the cemeteries. They decorate the graves of their relatives and friends with flowers. German cemetery culture is something special around the world. That is why it was included in the nationwide register of intangible cultural heritage in March of this year.
“A walk through an old cemetery is like a change through our cultural history,” said the deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Gitta Connemann. The sculptures and tombstones impressively reflected the cultural history. Connemann demands: “These culturally and historically significant places must also be preserved for future generations.”
Gardens of Memory
In many places in Germany the graves are embedded in park landscapes. Family members design the grave sites individually as small gardens of memory. With their loving design, they shape the appearance of these parks.
Cemeteries have an ecological function
The 32,000 or so cemeteries are not only places of memory and hope, contemplation and contemplation. In cities they also have an ecological function. Gitta Connemann points out that they are an important part of the green lung. “Cemeteries make a significant contribution to climate and nature protection,” says the group vice-president. Cemeteries are oases for all kinds of birds and insects. Because they would find places of retreat in the cemeteries, a great abundance of plants and thus ideal living conditions. In addition, old trees filtered the air and thus contributed to improving the air.
November is the month of silent days of remembrance
November is marked by commemorative days such as All Saints’ Day, All Souls Day, National Mourning Day and the Sunday of the Dead. The Sunday of the Dead is believed to have its origin in the Reformation. It is also called Eternal Sunday by the Evangelical Church.
The Sunday of the Dead falls on the Sunday before the first Advent and is the last Sunday of the church year. It is associated with resurrection and eternal life. In many churches, the names of the people who have died during the year are given on Eternity Sunday.
In all federal states, the Sunday of the Dead is particularly protected as a day of mourning and remembrance. Certain restrictions apply on a so-called silent holiday. Public events that run counter to the contemplative nature of the day may not take place.
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