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Culture & tradition in the Spreewald

The Sorbian settlers introduced many traditions and customs which to this day are inseparably linked to the Spreewald and its people.

The Spreewald was settled by Slavic tribes (Sorbs/Wends) in the 6th century. With them came all kinds of traditions and customs which to this day are inseparably associated with the region and a firm part of people's everyday lives.

Visitors to the Spreewald will encounter its bilingual character in many places. Sorbian names for towns, landscapes and sights bear witness to the region's close association with Sorbian culture. Most of the towns and villages cultivate their Sorbian roots, especially in their traditional festivals which are held all through the year in the pretty Spreewald villages. For example, they include Carnival in winter, Easter riding in spring and harvest rituals in the late summer (cock-beating and frog-carting). Christmas time with its present-giving is also an important part of Sorbian traditions.

The typical Spreewald costumes also form part of the former settlers' cultural heritage. The artistically embroidered dresses and hoods are today enjoying a revival and are increasingly worn at local festivals in the Spreewald. Holiday-makers should take the time to visit one of the traditional festivals. They give a faithful insight into this diverse culture which the Sorbs once brought with them to the Spreewald.

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