All Souls\' Donation (01. & 02.11.2016)

On November 1st and 2nd - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day - people in Catholic regions are commemorating the dead in a special way. People visit the cemetary, light candles and decorate the graves of the deceased.

In Kippel, there is in addition to the commemoration of the dead, a very special tradition - the All Soul's Donation, also called "Allerseelenspend". In the morning after church and the visit of the graves, a piece of bread and cheese is distributed to all visitors.

The All Soul's Donation of Kippel dates back to 1453. According to a document several honorable men then donated an eternal "Jahrzeit" (yearly commemoration of the dead) to all faithful souls. The income of the "Jahrzeit" were used to cater the priest on the one hand and were distributed to the members of the "Jahrzeit" on the other hand. What was still left from the income, was distributed to the poor.

 

Our tip!

The All Souls' Donation of Kippel ist taking place on 2 November 2015.

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