Have you heard about the Passion Play in Oberammergau?
Have you experienced the Passion Play in Oberammergau?
Don’t miss the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
Many European countries and villages still honour age-old traditions by reenacting or hosting celebrations. This is usually to commemorate ancestors, or as a means to tell the stories to the younger generations so that they can pass it on to their children one day.
Just think of Carnival which originated in Greece between 600 and 520 BC. This feast of “carnis levale” marked “farewell to the flesh” and came before a great period of abstinence and fasting: Lent. These days the festivities are extravagant, and the largest carnival in the world is now in Brazil. Another great example is the Passion Play in Oberammergau – a town in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.
The tradition of the Passion Play began nearly 400 years ago when the plague raged in many parts of Europe, not sparing the town of Oberammergau.
In 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, if no none was to die of the plague anymore. God answered the villagers’ prayers and subsequently, in 1634, the first Passion Play took place. The promise has been kept until today.
Pastor Daisenberger writes in his village chronicles: “The first decades of the 17th century went by in peaceful calm for the people of Oberammergau. But then followed the Thirty Years’ War with all its hardships from 1618 until 1648, which under the name of the Swedes’ War lives on the memory of the people.
“As early as 1631, infectious diseases spread in Swabia as well as in Bavaria. This village was spared by dutiful vigilance until the church festival in 1632, when a man named Kaspar Schisler brought the plague into the village.
“Faced with the great distress that the terrible illness inflicted upon the population, the leaders of the community came together and pledged to hold a passion tragedy once every ten years. From this day forward, not a single person perished, even though a great number of them still showed signs of the plague.”
C the World Passion Play packages
C the World is excited to be taking a group to see the Passion Play in 2020! We have various packages available, all of which include 1 night’s accommodation in Oberammergau, as well as a ticket to the Passion Play. In addition to the Passion Play, we will visit some of the highlights in Europe. Places like the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich, Innsbruck, Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest and much more.
Packages are starting from R27,950 per person including flights! Please compare this price to ANY other packages available. PLEASE NOTE: Tour prices advertised are based on an exchange rate of 1 Euro = ZAR 16, and a total flight price of R11,000 pp for return flights and airport taxes from Johannesburg.
A deposit of R3,500 per person is required within 7 days of making your booking to secure your space. A further R3,500 deposit is due 1 year before departure. Full payment is required 2 months prior to departure.