“Kirba” in corona times

Veronika schadeck even in corona times, the catholic youth and kirchweihgesellschaft hirschfeld did not want to miss "kirba to keep. But this took place under extraordinary conditions.

so there were no traditional measures, like preparing the plan, fetching moss in the forest, parades in traditional costumes, standerla, etc. Instead, an open-air church festival concert with the Frankenwaldmusikanten windheim took place on Sunday afternoon in the open air on the festival square. All participants and visitors had to observe the rules of the corona. For example, the number of guests was limited, so attendance at the concert was only possible with prior registration. People with contact to covid 19 cases in the last 14 days and with unspecific general symptoms were excluded from participation. In addition, general hygiene and distance regulations applied during the event, and masks were compulsory outside the table. The entire festival site was fenced off. And the access and the duration of the event were strictly regulated by state regulations. After the end of the concert the festival place had to be left again. Drinks were only available from bottles.

there was some melancholy involved, explains linda jakob, who planned and organized this event together with mike martin and the zech community. Much fewer costumes, no dancing, no plant dancing, no crowded marquee on Sunday and Monday. Nobody baked cakes or served drinks, everything was so unusual. But she and her team were keen to maintain a certain tradition despite corona, albeit in a different way. In the weeks leading up to this cultural event, she was often in contact with the district administration office to discuss all the necessary corona measures. She would like to thank the responsible employees for this constructive and friendly exchange.

linda jakob is proud of her team of tasters. "It was really cool how this one took part in the corona kirba!" the whole organization, which was always connected with a certain uncertainty as to whether the concert could finally take place, had welded the community together even more.

But she is also proud of the concert-goers who were present. These have met the requirements with discipline. Actually, she thinks, the security would not have been necessary at all.

In a different style than in previous years, the church service with harvest thanksgiving took place in the morning, celebrated by pastor cyiriac chittukalam. Because of the limited number of participants, there were fewer churchgoers and no flag delegations.

Despite the corona, says linda jakob, it was a nice kirchweih weekend. The community is also pleased about the consistently positive feedback from the people of Hirschfeld. But they, the youth and also – of that they are convinced – a large part of the hirschfelder, wish that this way of celebrating kirchweih was a unique occasion. "We hope that next year we will be able to celebrate our kirba again in the old tradition and with all the trimmings!"

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