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Der Martinstag am 11. November

Der Martinstag am 11. November

St. Martin 2012 – 11. November 2012 in Welt.

Der Martinstag am 11. November 2012 (auch Martini oder Sankt Martin) ist der Festtag des Heiligen Martin von Tours. Er ist in Mitteleuropa von zahlreichen Bräuchen geprägt, darunter das Martinsgans-Essen, der Martinszug bzw. Martingsumzug und das Martinssingen.

Der Martinstag wird in vielen Gebieten mit Umzügen und anderem Brauchtum begangen. Da Martins Leichnam in einer Lichterprozession mit einem Boot nach Tours überführt wurde, feiern vor allem die Kindergärten ein “Laternenfest”.

Sankt – Martins – Zug bzw. – Umzug

In vielen Regionen Deutschlands, Österreichs, der Schweiz und in Südtirol sind Umzüge zum Martinstag üblich. Bei den Umzügen ziehen Kinder zum Gedenken mit Laternen durch die Straßen der Dörfer und Städte. Begleitet werden sie häufig von einem auf einem Schimmel sitzenden und als römischer Soldat verkleideten Reiter, der mit einem roten Mantel den Heiligen Martin darstellt. Gelegentlich wird auch die Schenkung des Mantels an den Bettler nachgestellt.

Laternen im Martinszug
Laternen im Martinszug

Bei dem Umzug werden traditionelle Martinslieder gesungen. Die Laternen werden oft vorher im Unterricht der Grundschulen und in Kindergärten gebastelt. Zum Abschluss gibt es häufig ein großes Martinsfeuer.

Vielerorts erhalten die Kinder einen Weckmann aus Hefeteig mit Rosinen. In Süddeutschland sind kleine Martinsgänse aus Keks- oder Hefeteig oder auch Laugenbrezeln üblich. In Teilen des Ruhrgebiets und des Sauerlandes erhalten die Kinder eine Martinsbrezel – eine Brezel aus süßem Hefeteig, bestreut mit Hagelzucker.

Die größten St.-Martins-Umzüge Deutschlands mit über 4000 Teilnehmern finden in Kempen am Niederrhein und Bocholt statt. Heutzutage finden die Züge mancherorts auch an anderen Daten rund um den eigentlichen Festtag statt, wenn es organisatorische Gründe erfordern. So kann beispielsweise für mehrere Ortsteilzüge nur ein Martinsdarsteller zur Verfügung stehen.

Martinssingen

Sankt Martin
Sankt Martin

Im Anschluss an den Martinszug oder auch an einem leicht abweichenden Termin wird vielerorts auch das Martinssingen (auch “Martinilieder”) praktiziert, bei dem die Kinder mit ihren Laternen bzw. Lampions von Haus zu Haus ziehen und mit Gesang Süßigkeiten, Gebäck, Obst und andere Gaben erbitten. Es gibt zahlreiche lokale Bezeichnungen für diesen Brauch, im Rheinland etwa “Kötten”, “Schnörzen”, “Dotzen” oder “Gribschen”. Ein ähnlicher Brauch ist das Martinisingen in Ostfriesland und anderen evangelischen Gegenden, das am 10. November stattfindet, aber auf Martin Luther anstatt auf den heiligen Martin.

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

GERMAN SCHOOL campus

On September 19th we opened the doors for German School campus. Many people came to learn about the classes and curriculum “Deutsches Sprachdiplom” and the cultural and great programs this school has to offer. It was a special day. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher spoke about the school and how his triplets learn German through a great program.

Vice-President of the German Bundestag Frau Ulla Schmidt has sent greetings from Berlin and success to the school.

Ursula Schoeneich Principal GERMAN SCHOOL campus opening remarks
Ursula Schoeneich Principal GERMAN SCHOOL campus opening remarks
GERMAN SCHOOL campus Ribbon Cutting
GERMAN SCHOOL campus Ribbon Cutting

The Principal and Director of the GERMAN SCHOOL campus Ursula Schoeneich cut the Ribbon with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and some of the school children.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher GERMAN SCHOOL campus Grand opening speech
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher GERMAN SCHOOL campus Grand opening speech
GERMAN SCHOOL campus Grand opening
GERMAN SCHOOL campus Grand opening
Ursula Schoeneich Principal with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Ursula Schoeneich Principal with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

We offer first class German Language classes. The German School campus Newport Beach is a Language school open to all students who desire to master the German Language or to enhance their German language skills. We offer classes to native and non-native speakers from 7 years to 17 years old. Each level of German studies will culminate in the corresponding German Exam A1, A2, B1 through B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL) and AATG Level 1 to 4. We have open enrollment in September.

German language classes have started:
Monday
Beginner 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Advanced 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday
Intermediate 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Please sign up your kids and students here: Registration Forms

German School Campus Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation – Founded in 2015 – Tax ID: 47-4952874

Location:

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Youth Center Newport Sea Base
1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: (949)  285  0829

GERMAN SCHOOL campus 3 Fold(pdf version)
Please reserve your space for the new school year 2015/16. Classes are are filling up fast. Email: [email protected]

GERMAN SCHOOL campus class room view
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class room view
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms

 

GERMAN SCHOOL Grand Opening

GERMAN SCHOOL Grand Opening

We are proud to announce our GERMAN SCHOOL campus opening @ the Newport Sea Base in Newport Beach, California.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Saturday – September 19th – 2015

GERMAN SCHOOL campus Facility Newport Beach
GERMAN SCHOOL campus Facility Newport Beach

Campus Location @ NEWPORT SEA BASE
1931 W. Coast Highway – Newport Beach, CA 92663

9:00 am – 11:00 am open house
11:00 am – 11:30 am Speaker: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Ribbon Cutting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm open house
Please RSVP for lunch

German languages classes are:
Mondays & Thurdays 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

GERMAN SCHOOL campus Inc.

German School Campus Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation – Founded in 2015 – Tax ID: 47-4952874

Location:

[mappress mapid=”2″]

Youth Center Newport Sea Base
1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: (949)  285  0829

GERMAN SCHOOL campus 3 Fold(pdf version)
Please reserve your space for the new school year 2015/16. Classes are are filling up fast. Email: [email protected]

GERMAN SCHOOL campus class room view
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class room view
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms
GERMAN SCHOOL campus class rooms

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Consul General Hans Joerg Neumann
Consul General Hans Joerg Neumann

We welcome Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles, Hans Jörg Neumann.

Hans Jörg Neumann has served as the German Consul General in Los Angeles since July 2015. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to Benin in West Africa.

He was born in Berlin on March 28, 1956, and has three children.

(Photo copyright Consulate General Los Angeles)

Dr. Bernd Fischer Retires

Dr. Bernd Fischer Retires

Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer
Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer

After 37 years and 3 months in the German Foreign Service, Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer officially retired on June 30. In a small ceremony at the Consulate, that included colleagues and Mrs. Fischer, Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann presented Dr. Fischer with his last official document – a Certificate of Retirement. In the document signed by German President Joachim Gauck and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he was acknowledged and thanked for his long years of service.

Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer retired
Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer retired

Deputy Consul General Biedermann also lauded Dr. Fischer, and signaled out two things he found most impressive and hoped to emulate: Dr. Fischer’s natural talent as a communicator and speaker, both factual and entertaining at the same time, and most importantly, his long partnership with his wife, Jutta, who has been at his side to support him every step of the way during his diplomatic career and 40 years of marriage. The Fischers, Biedermann said, exemplified the perfect team spirit necessary to navigate a successful life in the foreign service .

Dr. Fischer in his farewell remarks to the colleagues he would be leaving behind, stressed the importance of their mission to continue fostering and deepening the ties and friendship between Germany and the United States. Lastly, he touched upon a matter very close to his heart and one he felt deeply committed to during his three years as Consul General. He urged his colleagues to support and help facilitate that Germany’s successful model of dual education or Skills Initiative be implemented in California.

(Photos copyright Consulate General Los Angeles)