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Kutztown in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Griener Dunnerschdag

 
 
Griener Dunnerschdag Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Griener Dunnerschdag Marker
Inscription.

Literally, in the Pa. Dutch dialect this means Green Thursday. The day is also known as Holy Thursday, or Maunday Thursday. For the Pa. Dutch, the day before Good Friday became known as Green Thursday because you had to eat something green that day. Failure to eat something green would lead to dire consequences: one would get the itch, one would get lousy, or one would be a mule all year long. Dandelion leaves were the most popular greens eaten on Green Thursday. Because seven & nine were lucky numbers, salads & teas of seven or nine different greens were also popular. The Pa. Dutch also wore something green on Green Thursday.
 
Location. 40° 31.07′ N, 75° 47.034′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colouring Easter Eggs (here, next to this marker); Two Worlds - Dutch Country (here, next to this marker); Brick-End Decorated Barns (here, next to this marker); Pennsylvania Dutch Ballads (a few steps from this

Griener Dunnerschdag Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Griener Dunnerschdag Marker and Other Markers
marker); Cider Making (a few steps from this marker); Wheelbarrow Matches (within shouting distance of this marker); Quilting Lore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Conestoga Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Griener Dunnerschdag. Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. Pennsylvania German Spring Traditions and Foods. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Other Holy Day. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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