Autumn Festivals in the Black Forest – Sasbachwalden

Harvest festivals mark the transition from summer into autumn by showcasing the bounties of the region. When I visited the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) in Southwestern Germany last October – the area where I was born and lived for the first 20 years of my life – I had to choose between an over-abundance of events.

My favorite festival was the Erntedank- und Weinfest (Wine and Harvest Thanksgiving Festival) in Sasbachwalden, one of the most beautiful villages in the Black Forest. The main event was a parade consisting of music bands, floats, harvest and crafts demos with an emphasis on traditional ways.

Huge haybale characters and a traditional hay wagon marked the beginning of the parade route.

Hundreds of people were gathering along the side of the road leading into the village

I marveled at all the dirndls and lederhosen outfits many of the spectators wore with a sense of style and pride

Floats were elaborately decorated with flowers and often displayed specialties of the region (bread, ham, wine, beer)

A very popular theme, of course, was grapes, grape harvest, and the fine wines of the region. This man carries a wooden container on his back which was traditionally used for harvesting grapes. The second man pretends to fill a ceramic pitcher, traditionally used for serving the fizzy new wine.

Monasteries were famous for their wines and other spirited beverages as well as abundant vegetable and flower gardens.

And here is Bacchus himself, the Roman god of agriculture, wine and fertility. His oversized glass was filled with real wine and his reddened face betrayed his liberal indulgence along the parade route.

Wine and schnapps were freely passed around (no cheap candies here) to anyone who asked:

Many Germans join music bands (Musikverein) as children which often becomes a lifelong hobby and social connection. Each band wears distinctive clothing reflecting the traditional costumes of their town or region.

All ages participated and enjoyed being part of the parade.

There was a joyous spirit of celebration, fellowship with relatives and townspeople, and a sense of proud contentment.

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22 Responses to Autumn Festivals in the Black Forest – Sasbachwalden

  1. glendanp says:

    Reblogged this on Ipseity Road.

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    Oh how wonderful! Such an innocence…..

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  3. Vivitha says:

    Thank you for sharing your culture Annette, i throughly enjoyed all the photos and tradition , plus to see the little ones participating too .

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    • Yes, the children had a blast. Several boys pushed a wheelbarrow filled with pretzels for sale. Others played soccer with portable mini-goals that they dragged along the parade route. And, of course, the girls got to dress up and have their hair braided and often decorated with flowers. It was fun watching them.

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  4. Dina says:

    Wow, so tolles Wetter und herrliche Aufnahmen. Die Trachten sind wunderschön!

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  5. Susan Morgan says:

    I really enjoyed this! Thank you

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I had the privilege to visit the Black Forest many years ago, and to stay with a co-worker in his parents’ traditional home. It was mid-winter, though, and snow was everywhere. It’s delightful to see this view of the land and the people during this quite different and special time.

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    • It is a totally different world in the warmer seasons. Germans LOVE to be outside and create whatever outdoor sitting areas they can. The winters (and sometimes other seasons as well) are so long and grey and miserable, any sun is greeted with enthusiasm.

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  7. Very colorful. It seems to me that Bacchus has the right idea, if you are going to limit yourself to one glass of wine per day. 🙂 –Curt

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  8. Kristin says:

    Wonderful photo accounting. Makes me want to visit the Black Forest. Nice to check in after so long and see you’re still going at it with talent.

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  9. I love the gathering of people festivals bring. You must of had a blast.

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  10. What a cheerful and inviting festival. Must indeed have been really fun.

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    • This festival also happens in one of the most beautiful villages in the Black Forest, Sasbachwalden. This little town has won many awards in inter-village competitions through the region. One day I’ll have to put a blogpost together on this delightful little place.

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