today’s holiday: Pfifferdaj

Pfifferdaj

An Alsatian festival of medieval origin, Pfifferdaj—also known as the Fiddlers’ Festival—is celebrated in the city of Ribeauvillé, France. In the Middle Ages, the Ribeaupierre family started a musicians’ union here, and every September the musicians of Alsace gathered to pay homage to the lord of Ribeaupierre by forming a procession to the church of Notre Dame du Dusenbach. Today the custom continues. Wine flows freely from the fountain in front of the town hall, and a procession of fiddlers and other musicians, often playing old instruments, makes its way through the town. More… Discuss

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