Holiday Challenge: Three Kings Day

In Catholic Bavaria, but not the rest of Germany, January 6 is celebrated as Three Kings Day and it’a a legal holiday. Three children dressed as kings might ring your doorbell and sing a song and each one recite a verse. The Three Kings never visited us as long as we were living in Munich but out here in Gauting, just 17 km distant, the tradition is going strong. Darn, I forgot to get a picture of them when they came. This is the end of the Christmas season, tomorrow is the first day of school and life as normal – at last.

It was sunny but cold, temps around freezing. We rode our bikes to Leutstetten, a favorite Bavarian restaurant and beer garden in the summer. On a warm sunny day you can hardly find a space to park your bike but today we were the only cyclists. We didn’t eat in the beer garden, mind you.

I think you might see some little stones on the side of the road. But I took the picture for the trees.
Leutstetten: Although January 6 is the end of the holiday season, I doubt that they will get around to taking down the Christmas decorations very soon since the Jack-o-lanterns are still out, too.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

7 response to "Holiday Challenge: Three Kings Day"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 6, 2020

    I see the stones, and I think I see inlaid stones by the curb in the photo above it. Love the shadowed building and your bike ride to it!

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 6, 2020

    Great shadow photos in the featured image and Leutstetten.
    You just about have to be there at the right moment because things change quickly.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 7, 2020

    Loved your shadow shot. I trust you will forgive me for saying you appear to have the same long, shapely legs as Betty Grable. 😉

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: January 12, 2020

    What a nice ride and gorgeous shot of that tree shape in shadow.

    If I moved there and the children came by singing the carols, I’d have no idea what to do. Give them candy like Hallloween?…. I mean, with the jack-o-lanterns still out and everything, I would be experiencing some cultural confusion.

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