Henne oder Ei?
Die Gelehrten und die Pfaffen
streiten sich mit viel Geschrei,
was hat Gott zuerst erschaffen
wohl die Henne, wohl das Ei!
Wäre das so schwer zu lösen
erstlich ward ein Ei erdacht,
doch weil noch kein Huhn gewesen
darum hat´s der Has` gebracht!
Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)
CaliforniaGermans wünscht Frohe Ostern!
Viel zu stark ist der Verkehr,
drum gibt es keine Hasen mehr.
Doch einer von den vielen Hasen
hat überlebt das Autorasen.
Der Osterhase, der hatte Glück,
er schleicht zu seinem Feld zurück.
Er kreuzt die Straße müd und matt,
ein Auto kommt, nun ist er platt.
Am Rande steht ein Hahn mit Huhn.
Der Hahn drauf sprach: „ Was ist zu tun?
Ab heute bringst du zur Osterfeier,
als Osterhuhn, die Ostereier! “
Die Kinder auf der Straße singen:
„Wer Eier legt, darf sie auch bringen!“
© Dieter Kermas
Dieter Kermas, CaliforniaGermans Guest Author and a true Berliner, turned to writing after he retired from his profession as an engineer. Family and friends urged him to document his many experiences during his childhood in wartime Germany. This made for a collection of various essays which have been published here at CaliforniaGermans. Apart from his childhood memories he is also sharing some of his short stories and poems on CaliforniaGermans. Dieter Kermas, who loves to write, is currently working on his first novel. Some of his work has been included in anthologies.
To get in touch with Dieter Kermas, please send an email with subject line “Dieter Kermas” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Easter !
Fröhliches Ostereiersuchen !
Thank you for being a part of our CaliforniaGermans Community. We appreciate everyone of you!
Last Minute Osterbrot & Co. –
Quark Osterbrot: http://casacolorata.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/ein-osterbrot-ganz-ohne-hefe/
Easter Sweet Bread: http://mybestgermanrecipes.com/easter-sweet-bread-wreath/
Easter Traditions – https://californiagermans.com/2012/04/08/happy-easter-2/
Easter Surprise 2007 (Photo credit: otzberg)
When I was a child, Easter used to be not only a religious holiday but also the holiday that rang in springtime, finally. After all that cold weather and snow, the time around Easter reminded us that winter was not here to stay for good after all. Looking out into our garden I felt happiness and excitement seeing all the different little color spots of flowers stubbornly pushing their way through a tough soil that was still hard from a long winter time. Yellow and purple ‘Krokus’ (crocus), together with ‘Schneegloeckchen’ (snowdrop flower) and yellow ‘Narcissen’ (Daffodils), that even carried so rightfully the other name “Osterglocke” (Easterbell). Among the sparse young fresh grass peeking out here and there, these delightful little color dots were a refreshing sight, and offered the perfect back drop for a fun Easter egg hunt early on Easter Sunday morning.
Leading up to Easter it is tradition in Germany to create your own variety of Easter eggs and decorate a bunch of ‘Palmkaetzchen’ branches (branches of pussy willow) with these as ornaments. After an early morning egg hunt, Easter Sunday often started out with a church visit where, especially in Southern Germany, a sampler of the foods , later enjoyed during the Easter Sunday breakfast, got blessed by the priest during mass. In the evening the family gathered for the “Osterbraten” , which at my home traditionally was the roast of a lamb shank with delicious deserts to follow.
A beloved specialty during Easter is by the way the Easter bread, called ‘Osterstriezel’ or ‘Osterfladen’ – depending on where one lives, in the north or south of Germany. Should you like to try baking one, here is a recipe: