Tue, Feb 06, 2007 - Page 13 News List

From breadcrumbs to candy 施與受

From left to right: Benno, Nikos, Katja, and Pauline in Panschwitz, eastern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007.
1月25日星期四,波諾(由左至右)、尼可斯、卡嘉與寶琳在德國東部的Panschwitz一起合影。 (照片:美聯社)


The children in the photograph are dressed up for a special festival. They live in eastern Germany and their ancestors settled there long ago. They are called Sorbs.

Sorb children make sure that they put food out for the birds over the long cold winter months.

Every year on Jan. 24, Sorb children put an empty plate by an open window. When they wake up in the morning, they find that the plate is filled with special treats like candy. The candy is to say "thank you" from the birds because the children have fed them in the winter.

Then the children get dressed in traditional wedding costumes. They go and take part in special processions to celebrate the wedding of the birds, or Vogelhochzeit.

The children in the photograph are quite young. The three at the back are two years old and the girl at the front, Pauline, is just one-year old!

Can you think of a time that you get to wear special clothes in Taiwan? It looks like a lot of fun!

(Catherine Thomas, staff writer)








Today's Words 今天單字

1. festival n.

節日 (jie2 ri4)

例: I'm really looking forward to going to Pinghsi for the lantern festival.


2. wedding n.

婚禮 (hun1 li3)

例: I'm going to be a page boy at my auntie's wedding!


3. procession n.

遊行 (you2 xing2)

例: Sometimes you can see very lively processions from big temples on the streets in Taiwan.


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