Monday, 24 September 2007

Groundhog Event: Rupertikirtag

Today, September 24th, is the Rupertikirtag, the Patron's Day here in Salzburg. Saint Rupert of Salzburg is the patron and protector of the city and state of Salzburg. Even though I've just read in Wikipedia that Rupert's feast day is March 27th, Salzburg always honors him from September 20th to September 24th. Don't ask me why.

The Rupertikirtag is quite interesting, because schools, banks and public authority have the day off. Unfortunately I don't belong to any of these categories, so I had to go to work. There is a kind of funfair (Dult) in the three squares around the cathedral. The fine weather on Sunday was too big a temptation for the hobby photographer in me. Such venues always provide a thousand details that deserve to be photographed!

I like Rupertikirtag. Barcelona's patrona (a female patron), La Mercè, is celebrated on September 24th as well. And Tarragona's one, Santa Tecla, just one day before. It's not quite the same, but I love the coincidence!


Di said...

What does "Die Murmeltierjahre im Land des Frühschoppens" mean?

Tonicito said...

Murmeltier means marmot or groundhog, Die Murmeltierjahre would be then "the groundhog years".
A Frühschoppen is something like a morning pint, an Austro-Bavarian tradition that gets me.
About why did I christen my blog with such a strange name, you might want to read my very first two posts: here and here.
Cheers! :)