So I HAVE been using my time productively in the last year… growing my beardie for the rescheduled Oberammergau, or Obeardammergau, for next year!
In a world of imitations and accessories the ten-yearly Oberammergau Passion Play keeps it real.
And they require of their participants to grow their hair and beards from a year out of the Passion Play.
Our friends at Der Passionspiele have been updating us on their preparations for next year’s renewal of the world-famous spectacle.
The Spanish Flu
And our Bavarian friends have experience and precedence in these matters having been down this route 100 years ago.
When the Spanish Flu ravaged the world in 1920 the organisers gave themselves another two years before putting on the Passion Play.
Such prescience should come as little surprise to us.
Because as we all know the Passion Play itself was born out of The Black Death.
The Lord is a listening Lord
The villagers had promised to put on a tribute to Our Lord in their village if they were rid of the plague.
And God being a listening God, it worked.
Fast forward to today and Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 was in full flight when an all too familiar intruder knocked.
And only eight weeks out of Jesus taking his first steps they had to rearrange their plans.
All of which means that Oberammergau 2022 will be even better for the organisers having had two more years to plan.
Oberammergau 2022 will be putting the emphasis on the youth of today and tomorrow.
And they have special offers for tickets for the spectacle.
Oberammergau truly is a spectacle, in and out of Passion Play.
I saw for myself on my Top Flight trip out there on how it wears its history on the side of its buildings.
While the locals like nothing better than dressing up.
Whether it be in the fashions of Palestine 2,000 years ago or in liederhosen.
And, of course, it’ll put a smile on your face to be sat opposite historical figures and be able to clink steins and say Prost, at the end of the day.
We’ll be keeping you up to date on all that’s going on as the year progresses.
But now that I’ve no place to go thanks to our politicians…
I just think I’ll sit here and watch my hair grow and dream of Germany.