Friday, 26 September 2008


This part of Germany is mainly Catholic. There is a tradition which involves writing the initials of the three kings Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar above the main door of the home to confer blessings on the occupants for the New Year.

In this year of 2008 it appears 20 + C + M + B + 08, which also represents "Christus mansionem benedicat" (Christ bless this house). This is done by children, dressed up as the Magi, carrying the star. In 'exchange' for writing the initials, they collect money for charity projects in the third world.

Above the door of this restaurant in Oberstorf are the symbols 20 + C + M + B + 08 written in chalk. In the photo below the right-hand door of this chapel has the second half [ +B + 08] of the writing on the door.

Red geraniums on the doorstep of the guesthouse where we stayed.

Window boxes on Dietrich's house.

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