With Fasching finished, Germany moves on to celebrating the next holiday – Easter – in street festival fashion. Various towns host a small day- or weekend-long Ostermarkt (Easter market) between this month and next, leading up to the spring holiday. Many households have already hung colorful plastic eggs from trees in their yards and set bunny decorations out. While these are sold at the markets, Ostermarkts are not only for Easter decorations. As Easter and spring stand for a new beginning, so the Ostermarkt provides an opportunity for car companies to showcase their new models in the town squares and stores to promote their spring sales.
Last weekend, James and I drove about half an hour north to visit Bad Camberg for Narzissen-Sonntag (Daffodil Sunday), their Ostermarkt festival. We followed the sound of light music and a trail of potted daffodils in front of shops along a cobblestone street to the Marktplatz (Market Square), the center of the festival. Here townspeople drifted around drinking apple wine, buying goulash and flammkuchen (a crispy flatbread with soft cheese, onions, and bacon) from small scattered street booths, and peering into the new car models displayed around a bare tree decorated with child-made paper eggs. Many of the surrounding stores had put out their spring cleaning gear (brooms, mops, etc.) in addition to Easter art and decorations. After waiting in a long line for an ice cream cone, we made sure to buy a large metal egg with a rabbit painted on it before heading out. Small celebrations like this make spring a little more fun.