Mr. Owl made it to Germany from Japan! He stopped by the home of a new friend in the blogosphere over at lorelledehnhard.com. I actually met Lorelle through Instagram and she amazingly agreed to take part in our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race. You can find my lovely friend on her Instagram account here. If you happen to be on Instagram, you can also find me on my Instagram account, CrazyLoveParents.
Here is a photo of Lorelle with Mr. Owl taken in Germany.
Our friend Lorelle shared these two interesting, fun facts about Germany.
- Everything is Closed on Sunday
- It is bad luck to wish someone „happy birthday“ in advance
I decided to research WHY these two things happened to be?
I discovered that in the case of the birthday belief, it is sort of how we say in the US “don’t count your chickens before they are hatched” with Murphy’s Law kicked in. So in the US, we have the idea that counting the chickens before they are hatched is a bad idea because one shouldn’t be so sure they will all hatch. We could extend Murphy’s law to this and come up with the idea that if one were to count the chickens before they are hatched, then Murphy’s Law is likely to kick in, and the counted chickens will die. The same with the Birthday greeting in advance. One shouldn’t do it, lest one is prompting something bad to occur, making the person less likely to make it to their birthday. Just wait till a German’s actual birthday to wish them a proper greeting!
And if you find yourself in Germany some time, make sure you do any of your major shopping required before Sunday. As Lorelle shared, most all major stores are closed every Sunday. There appears to be some exceptions, with fairs or gas stations, airport stores, or sometimes some stores being open extra around Christmas. However, there is a supreme court opinion that says:
“Sundays and public holidays are protected for religious reasons, but also to enable working people to recuperate and participate in social activities.”
Germans find it important for religious, as well as social reasons, to give most everyone possible a common day off, every week, to focus on family, friends, and social activities. I LOVE this idea!