Summer day sticks - crafts and customs

The summer day stick is the accessory for the summer day train! The summer day train is a custom that originates from the Palatinate and also includes other neighboring regions.

No summer day train without summer day sticks

This colorful, cheerful parade is used to drive away the winter; in the past, it also had the tradition of carrying out death. The summer day sticks symbolize the new life, spring and thus the beginning of a new cycle.

Summer day Plug
Tinker summer day sticks - © Jens Hertel / Adobe Stock

Depending on the municipality, the summer day train takes place shortly before Easter, traditionally on the third Sunday before Easter. Incidentally, the popular Kurpfälzer custom very likely has pagan roots and you can find evidence of it even during the time of the Sun King, Louis XIV. It is not known whether the colorful summer daytime sticks existed at the time.

After the summer day train, winter is burned in the form of a gigantic snowman in a great spectacle.

What is a summer day?

A summer day stick is a simple stick, here referred to as stick, which is equipped with colored bows. On top is a pretzel and sometimes a blown egg as a symbol for new life and spring - here you can also see the connection to Easter! In some cities, apples or small bouquets of flowers are a tradition on the summer day.

With the colorful summer sticks in hand, the children accompany the decorated carriages of various clubs. In the end, of course, the sweet pretzel can be eaten - for the little ones, of course, the highlight at all!

The homemade summer tag

And here comes a simple guide on how to make such a colorful summer day itself. This raises the mood especially when the snow on the meadow still does not want to give way and the children are already dreaming of spring colors.

First, you need the following things:

  • a hazelnut or bamboo stick (also available in the flower shop)
  • a pocket knife
  • a blown egg
  • a yeast pretzel (ideally baked yourself!)
  • Sanding or crepe paper

First you sharpen the stick for the children, then you start to fill the sticks with finished bows (either bought or previously made yourself) from the bottom up.

If you prefer crepe paper, you can decorate the summer day sticks with long colored ribbons. This is easier for smaller children in particular. Simply put a lot of long crepe paper ribbons over the top, pull them down a little and place the yeast pretzels and the egg on top - the summer day is ready.

If you want, you can wrap the rod itself with crepe paper, there are no limits to your imagination!


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