The Wittenberg Festivals

Barry Stephenson

in Performing the Reformation

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732753
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

The Wittenberg Festivals

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Each year, the town of Wittenberg hosts two Luther-themed festivals: Reformation Day and Luther’s Wedding. This chapter provides an introduction to the content and nature of the festivals and describes the historical origins and development of Luther-themed festivity and commemoration. An analytical approach to studying contemporary festivity in terms of cultural domains and number of key foci is presented.

Keywords: festivity; celebration; ceremony; Luther’s Wedding; Reformation Day; framing

Chapter.  8568 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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