Visiting Germany over the next week or so? Well, perhaps you should consider stopping by a church or courthouse as you go sight-seeing in Germany. It seems that November 11, 2011 has become the best date to get married in Germany—at least for this year.
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While the month of November doesn’t typically see many weddings in Germany, this year the date of 11/11/11 has taken on special significance for people planning on walking down the aisle this year, according to The Local. Many civil registry offices around Germany have reported that the number of people wanting to get married have increased. On a normal Friday in Hannover, Germany it is expected that an average of about 28 couples will get married. But on Friday, November 25th, there are already 57 couples scheduled. Other cities in Germany are seeing the same phenomenon. In some places in Germany, the number of people tying the knot is averaging every 20 minutes.
The significance of November 11, 2011
Although German civil servants have attributed the increase in the number of people getting married to the fact that the date is easy to remember and it’s a bit special given the patterns of ones in the date, November 11th is a pretty important date outside the world of weddings. It also marks the beginning of the season of Karneval or Fasching in Germany. Fasching, according to About.com, is equivalent to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This leads up to big Fasching parades and celebrations right before Easter and the beginning of Lent or the Fastenzeit (fasting time) in Germany. Outside of Oktoberfest in Germany, this celebration is only of the only ones in which Germans really allow themselves to let their hair down.
But the 11th day of the 11th month isn’t just significant in Germany. All around the world people have attached special significance to the date. In the blogosphere, the date portends impending doom and tells of the beginning of end times in Christian religious circles such as the information printed on the Truth and Mercy Ministries blog.
Other sites on the web like BaristaNet.com attribute the number itself to higher consciousness. Often dates that have a repeat of a certain number like 11/11/11 or 1/11/11 (January 1, 2011) are said to be days when the sightings of supernatural phenomenon like UFOs become more prevalent.
German wedding traditions
But for the people of Germany, who are getting married on that day, it’s going to be the day that they attach their memories to, and November 11 will be significant even when it becomes 11/11/12 and beyond. The day will become just another part of the many German wedding tradition that these couples will celebrate in years to come.
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