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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

take my wreath away

While Miss Iggy has a small Advent wreath at home, she was excited to see a gigantic one on the Wiener Rathausplatz (Vienna City Hall plaza) at their Christmasmarket (a.k.a. Christkindlmarkt):

adventkranz rathausplatz

miss iggy and the advent wreath
Miss Iggy by the Advent wreath. The building in the background is the Hofburg Theater.

"The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four or five candles. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading and prayers. An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Some Advent wreaths include a fifth, "Christ" candle which can be lit at Christmas. The custom is observed both in family settings and at public church services." 

More on the Advent wreath on Wikipedia.


fortuitous faery said...

that's the biggest and most majestic advent wreath i've ever seen! :)

roentarre said...

The colour and decorations are stunning!

the donG said...

wow scene! i hope we get to see ms iggy smile.

Princess Ody said...

@ connie and roentarre: and the leaves are real!

@dong: i think miss iggy is one of those models who only pout, lol!

fortuitous faery said...

angelina jolie-pouty lips...haha

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