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May Fest - Summer Farewell Party

May Fest - Summer Farewell Party

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When:

  • Sat 30 Apr ’11, 12:00pm

Where:

Kraut's German Eatery, 20 Tahunanui Drive, Tahunanui, Nelson Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Let’s celebrate summer farewell with Nelson’s 1st German Mai Fest!

See the only German May pole in NZ, have some sizzling meat from our BBQ or a hearty soup. Enjoy our German beer, a fruity beer punch or a hot mulled wine. Enjoy live music in the evening!

Mayfest is one of mankind's oldest traditions, the celebration of nature's bright reawakening after winter's cold darkness (northern hemisphere). The ancient pagan festival later took on Christian religious significance but is now a colourful, joyous part of history and culture.

In many villages throughout Germany, one can still observe the Maibaum (Maypole). The Maibaum may be officially erected in the market place, or some other prominent spot in town. Often colourful carved shingles or signs decorate the Maypole and indicate the town's various trades and professions. It may be up the entire month of May, or even longer. The Maypole and the dance around it is a singular symbol of spring's reawakening of fruitfulness.

Its religious and superstitious aspects have long since disappeared, but Mayfest is still celebrated throughout Germany, where cities and villages are bedecked with colourful drapery and flowers. Some areas light bonfires, while others elect May kings and most retain the maypole. Once again, the food is plentiful and beer and wine flow freely.

With the picnic and barbecue season still around in sunny Nelson, May retains a good time to enjoy German sausages, roasts, breads, pickles and cheeses and a wide selection of German beers and wines.

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