Today Mark the first day of Advent
Today mark the first day of Advent. Advent is the celebration each Sunday starting the last week Sunday of November if Christmas is not on a Sunday. Making Advent 4 weeks long leading until Christmas. If Christmas is landing on a Sunday Advent starts the first Sunday in December making the Advent one week shorter still leading to Christmas Day. Advent is the time when Christians remember that Jesus came into the world in Palestine 2000 years ago and that Jesus also promised one day to return in all his glory (resurrected from the grave). Clergy typically wear royal purple or royal blue vestments during Advent. Many churches also include an advent wreath (sometimes called an Advent ring or crown) in their Advent services.
The Christian year follows the life of Jesus. It begins with Advent Sunday – which is the Christian church, is ‘New Year’s Day’. The most important day of the year will be Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus came back to life. At the end of Advent, there will be Jesus’ birthday (Christmas Day).
During the season of Advent, Christians across the world prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is also a time to look forward to when Jesus will come a second time. Candle lights are light up in the homes. There are normally 4 candles in a circle wreath or 4 candle stand. Each candle represent a Sunday leading toward Christmas. Therefore today is the first day of Advent. A candle is lit in many people homes. It does not have to be lit all day. Next week Sunday 2 candle will be lit and so on.
I have notice even though this is a Christian celebration many people who are also Catholic, Lutheran, or even have no religion still celebrate Advent. Whether it is tradition, habit, or just festive. This is my officially first Advent living in Germany. Even though I have celebrate it many time visiting around the holiday. I find it to be nice to learn and integrate into the German culture. This is my home and it is important for me to learn this to understand and one day pass on.