Typical Austrian spring: winter says hello!

Have a wonderful new spring my friends – je vous souhaite des merveilleuse journées en ce printemps, mes ami(e)s!

Chez nous en Autriche l’hiver nous fait signe de ne pas l’oublier en envoyant encore de la neige. Mais les fleurs, ici on voit des perce-neige dans mon jardin, les messagers du printemps nous chuchotent que le journées printanières ne vont pas tarder…

There is still some snow falling over Austria, winter says hello – but the new blossoms and early flowers bravely deliver their message: Spring can’t be held back! Coming soon 😉

The little white flowers you see above are SNOWDROPS – in Austria one says they are the first sign of spring. Actually they are growing THROUGH the snow, they have a sort of peak on their heads and only when they are through the snow cover they unfold their leaves and blossom. Austria and especially Carinthia is an alpine country and we use to have snow until April!
read more about those wonderful snowdrops here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

Enjoy the spring!


Have a wonderful new spring my friends – je vous souhaite des merveilleuse journées en ce printemps, mes ami(e)s!

Chez nous en Autriche l’hiver nous fait signe de ne pas l’oublier en envoyant encore de la neige. Mais les fleurs, les messagers printaniers nous chuchotent que le journées ne vont pas tarder…

There is still some snow falling over Austria, winter says hello – but the new blossoms and early flowers bravely deliver their message: Spring can’t be held back! Coming soon 😉

Carinthian Easter: Eggs, Bunnies, Ham and Fire


In my homeland Carinthia, the state „Kärnten“ in the south of Austria, the Easter Egg and gifts search as well as the typical Easter snack is a Sunday Eve‘s ritual – i.e. it takes place on saturday – whereas in the rest of Austria the us is on Easter Sunday.

Saturday morning starts with the traditional „Fleischweihe“ (consecration of meat) at church – a basket filled with food, mostly meat: traditional Carinthian bacon, ham and sausages are consecrated by the priest during the service.

In the afternoon all the kids are awaiting impatiently the Egg Search – as together with the hidden eggs they will find a lot of little gifts. Usually all tiny items are hidden in the garden or the free nature – so the parents are well advised to count all gifts and eggs (!) before hiding them 😉 Nevertheless each year there are one or two losses which will be found only in Summer or even later by chance… LOL

Multicoloured Easter Eggs

later the kids and sometimes the adults as well 😉 play „Eierpecken“ – crashing the eggs together: the broken egg has lost and can be eaten 🙂

The colourness of all those Eggs – the cooked ones are hidden and later eaten but there are also all sorts of artistically painted eggs which serve as decoration on bushes, on flower bunches, on the house and in the home… – remind me of the Hindi Holi (Festival of colors or „spring festival“). Both symbolize spring and fertility and when looking out onto the nature, the flowers, the blossoms, the new green in the meadows and the fresh blue sky so it‘s quite obvious why mankind feels so attracted by colours and reflects nature in its colourful rituals….

As I‘ve mentioned before the traditional Easter meal consists among others in wet-cured ham and sausages which have to be cooked for some hours before serving them. The Carinthian people used to be rather poor farmers; so they invented to use the „soup“ where the ham was cooked also for a very delicious though cheap dish: the „Ritschert“. Into the water where the ham had been cooked they gave pearl barley, beans, carrots, celery and similar sop vegetable, juniper berries and laurel. Of course today meat economics is not the point and you find copped mouth pieces of ham or wet-cured meat in the Ritschert as well. At the end some vinegar is pored into. Although it was originally an Easter dish it is eaten all over the year in Carinthia.

Osterjause – the traditional meal

The Easter Snack consists of the colored eggs, the wet-cured ham: the traditional Carinthian „Osterschinken“, traditional sausages called „Krainer“, lots of fresh horseradish or „Eierkren“ (horseradish mixed up with finely chopped eggs, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, mashed with a fork to a sort of paste) and last but not least the Reindling (a yeast cake with lots of sugar and raisins). We Carinthian people eat all those things at the same time, we put onto a piece of sweet Reindling a thick slice of ham and above the hot egg-horseradish which makes you cry! SO that‘s the definitive test if you are a native Carinthian – sorry to say that – but no Viennese would ever eat those delicious specialities at the same time – they use to take first the ham with brown bread and only afterwards – as dessert – the Reindling. No chance to convert those „strangers“ LOL!

Osterfeuer – Easter Fire on the mountains

In the evening it is custom to burn all the garden rubbish like old leaves, cut branches and so on. So you sea big fires everywhere: in the gardens, near country inns, on fields, at farmers…. Usually people are gathering and enjoying the huge fire together. As you may imagine the kids are foolish about it, they are so happy to throw little pieces of wood into the fire….
The great tradition though is to have the „Osterfeuer“ on the mountains – all around on the mountain peaks you can see the glowing fires…

Funny enough in Holi celebrations fires, burnings and gifts play a crucial role as well 😉 And also in Iran Nouruz you find the crucial fire and little sweet gifts 🙂 for me as a pagan being those parallels in symbolic and ritual motives are highly fascinating… and it makes me happy and gives me hope that different cultures have found similar symbols and rituals to express their collective feelings about the season circles in the year. Are peoples really so different? Isn’t there more uniting than separating???

Carinthian Easter: Eggs, Bunnys, Ham

In my homeland Carinthia, the state „Kärnten“ in the south of Austria, the Easter Egg and gifts search as well as the typical Easter snack is a Sunday Eve‘s ritual – i.e. it takes place on saturday – whereas in the rest of Austria the us is on Easter Sunday.

Saturday morning starts with the traditional „Fleischweihe“ (consecration of meat) at church – a basket filled with food, mostly meat: traditional Carinthian bacon, ham and sausages are consecrated by the priest during the service.

In the afternoon all the kids are awaiting impatiently the Egg Search – as together with the hidden eggs they will find a lot of little gifts. Usually all tiny items are hidden in the garden or the free nature – so the parents are well advised to count all gifts and eggs (!) before hiding them 😉 Nevertheless each year there are one or two losses which will be found only in Summer or even later by chance… LOL

Multicoloured Easter Eggs

the cooked ones are hidden and after the search the kids and sometimes the adults as well 😉 play „Eierpecken“ – crashing the eggs together: the broken egg has lost and can be eaten 🙂

but there are also all sorts of artistically painted eggs which serve as decoration on bushes, on flower bunches, on the house and in the home…

Osterjause – the traditional meal

The Easter Snack consists of the colored eggs, the wet-cured ham: the traditional Carinthian „Osterschinken“, traditional sausages called „Krainer“, lots of fresh horseradish or „Eierkren“ (horseradish mixed up with finely chopped eggs, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, mashed with a fork to a sort of paste) and last but not least the Reindling (a yeast cake with lots of sugar and raisins). We Carinthian people eat all those things at the same time, we put onto a piece of sweet Reindling a thick slice of ham and above the hot egg-horseradish which makes you cry! SO that‘s the test if you are a native Carinthian – sorry to say that – but no Viennese would ever eat those delicious specialities at the same time – they use to take first the ham with brown bread and only afterwards – as dessert – the Reindling. No chance to convert those „strangers“ LOL!

Enfin Printemps! Welcome Spring!!! Der Lenz ist da!

Many Crocus blossoming in my garden in Klagenfurt, my hometown 🙂

Happiness and blessings to EASTER, PESACH, Πάσχα, NOURUZ, HOLI and MAWLID (the prophet‘s‘s birthday)!



Je me trouve à Klagenfurt – la ville ou je suis née et j‘ai vécu mon enfance, c‘est dans le sud de Autriche – pour les fêtes de Pacques; nous avons ici des perce-neiges, des primevères et des crocus dans mon jardin… on a eu une semaine fantastique belle mais froide … cette nuit un peu de neige ne va pas tarder à tomber 😉


This year lent is very early, I‘m still fasting in a nearly middle-age way, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday Eve no animal products at all (no meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy products, no honey nor sweets), today is my last day, as here in my homeland Carinthia the Easter Egg Search and the traditional Easter snack takes place on saturday afternoon.


The begin of Springtime


this date marks approximately the new season of blossoming flowers and opening hearts; it‘s the time of new awakening life and fertility. The Easter Bunny and the eggs are ancient pagan fertility symbols, the resurrection of Jesus (after his death) reminds me of the ancient Greek Goddess Demeter myth concerning the seasonal growing and vanishing of plants.

Both the Winter Solstice (where the Christian Symbolism has created the image of a new-born baby) and the Spring Equinox mark in different cultures the beginning of the New Year: like the Iranian Nouruz.
Another spring ceremony is the Hindi Holi festival (btw historically related to Iranian Nouruz) – the feast of the colors – again reminding me of the European multi-colored Easter Eggs…

Good Friday, Karfreitag, Vendredi Saint


pour moi le dernier jour du Carême et ne journée particulière spirituelle et contemplative… un peu triste si on pense ce qu‘elle symbolise et si on voit toute la haine surtout entre les religions au lieu de la tolérance et la réconciliation!

for me a very spiritual and above all contemplative day – btw which I spent last year in the Moroccan desert: a real journey which I underwent at the end of my 40 days fasting period and it‘s related spiritual journey. I‘ve blogged about it.

Although Jesus Christ preached tolerance, understanding and love, just the monotheistic religions spread intolerance and even hatred around the world… it seems all three of them think to possess the ONLY TRUTH: what‘s not so wrong if they could see LOVE is the only truth! Though very sad when religion serves only as pretext for political abuse, gaining power and only used to manipulate it‘s people…

Je vous ai déjà raconté que je suis un peu fatiguée d‘écrire des blogs… mais aussi tout en général la situation du monde m‘irrite… et me déprime… ainsi j‘ai décidé aujourd‘hui de supprimer de ma liste des amis tous les personnes qui sont fanatiques et pleine d‘haine contre un autre peuple… moi je serai toujours a coté des faibles et opprimés n‘importe de quel religion ou de quel nationalité… mes amis sont des Musulmans, des Juifs, des Chrétiens, des Hindi, des Bouddhistes etc… sans aucune différence… enfin j‘aime tous les gens qui sont POUR LA PAIX ET POUR L‘AMOUR! Voilà moi je ne veux plus lire des paroles d‘intolérance et des appels à la violence et même le meurtre… et j‘en ai marre d‘en discuter…

Shortly said: I’ll delete all people writing “shoot them down” or “do away with them” – no matter whom they meant, it’s all the same hatred – from my blog contact lists… NO TOLERANCE TOWARDS INTOLERANCE!

Enfin Printemps! Welcome Spring!!! Der Lenz ist da!

Many Crocus blossoming in my garden in Klagenfurt, my hometown 🙂

Happiness and blessings to EASTER, PESACH, Πάσχα, NOURUZ, HOLI and MAWLID (the prophet‘s‘s birthday)!

Je me trouve à Klagenfurt – la ville ou je suis née et j‘ai vécu mon enfance, c‘est dans le sud de Autriche – pour les fêtes de Pacques; nous avons ici des perce-neiges, des primevères et des crocus dans mon jardin… on a eu une semaine fantastique belle mais froide … cette nuit un peu de neige ne va pas tarder à tomber 😉

This year lent is very early, I‘m still fasting in a nearly middle-age way, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday Eve no animal products at all (no meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy products, no honey nor sweets), today is my last day, as here in my homeland Carinthia the Easter Egg Search and the traditional Easter snack takes place on saturday afternoon.

The begin of Springtime

this date marks approximately the new season of blossoming flowers and opening hearts; it‘s the time of new awakening life and fertility. The Easter Bunny and the eggs are ancient pagan fertility symbols, the resurrection of Jesus (after his death) reminds me of the ancient Greek Goddess Demeter myth concerning the seasonal growing and vanishing of plants.

Both the Winter Solstice (where the Christian Symbolism has created the image of a new-born baby) and the Spring Equinox mark in different cultures the beginning of the New Year: like the Iranian Nouruz.
Another spring ceremony is the Hindi Holi festival (btw historically related to Iranian Nouruz) – the feast of the colors – again reminding me of the European multi-colored Easter Eggs…

Good Friday, Karfreitag, Vendredi Saint

pour moi le dernier jour du Carême et ne journée particulière spirituelle et contemplative… un peu triste si on pense ce qu‘elle symbolise et si on voit toute la haine surtout entre les religions au lieu de la tolérance et la réconciliation!

for me a very spiritual and above all contemplative day – btw which I spent last year in the Moroccan desert: a real journey which I underwent at the end of my 40 days fasting period and it‘s related spiritual journey. I‘ve blogged about it.

Although Jesus Christ preached tolerance, understanding and love, just the monotheistic religions spread intolerance and even hatred around the world… it seems all three of them think to possess the ONLY TRUTH: what‘s not so wrong if they could see LOVE is the only truth! Though very sad when religion serves only as pretext for political abuse, gaining power and only used to manipulate it‘s people…

Je vous ai déjà raconté que je suis un peu fatiguée d‘écrire des blogs… mais aussi tout en général la situation du monde m‘irrite… et me déprime… ainsi j‘ai décidé aujourd‘hui de supprimer de ma liste des amis tous les personnes qui sont fanatiques et pleine d‘haine contre un autre peuple… moi je serai toujours a coté des faibles et opprimés n‘importe de quel religion ou de quel nationalité… mes amis sont des Musulmans, des Juifs, des Chrétiens, des Hindi, des Bouddhistes etc… sans aucune différence… enfin j‘aime tous les gens qui sont POUR LA PAIX ET POUR L‘AMOUR! Voilà moi je ne veux plus lire des paroles d‘intolérance et des appels à la violence et même le meurtre… et j‘en ai marre d‘en discuter…

Hopefully back again!

Mes ami(e)s, je suis du retour! Pourvu que Yahoo a cessé enfin de faire des bugs!

My friends I‘m hopefully back, it seems, Yahoo is bugging less, let‘s hope the best and give 360 a new chance! Mailbox and Top Page Comments are working again all day (and night) – let‘s celebrate and be happy!!!

Vous m‘avez manqué beaucoup, quelques de mes ami(e)s m‘ont suivi sur Multiply, merci, on continuera m‘y trouvée, aussi sur myspace et sur Blogger – mon premier blog que j‘ai commence déjà en 2006. Mais en janvier 2007 un très cher ami indien qui avait l‘habitude d‘envoyer des e-mails quotidiennes a ses amis dans tout le monde racontant des petites histoires, des réflexions et des plaisanteries, m‘a invité sur Yahoo!360. A l‘époque c‘était encore da version beta et on ne voyait rien sans être inscrit. Comme je ne voulais pas ouvrir un compte Yahoo cet ami Indien m‘a écrit: si tu veux savoir ce que je pense suis moi sur 360! Alors je l‘ai fait et j‘avoue que c‘était extra. J‘adore cette communauté – elle est complètement diffèrent des autres „social networks“ et celle-ci est absolument mon favoris. Et pour ça je reviens… voilà tout…

I‘ve missed the 360 community desperately, although I continued my blogs on Multiply, Myspace and blogger – it‘s definitely not the same!

Vive 360!