A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Baptism Customs

by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
Translated by Brad Schwebler

     The Amme (nurse) invited the godparents to the baptism.  Formerly there were 10 to 12 couples and the baptism was always combined with a midday meal.  Today the child often only has two godparents.  The midday feast was a rarity.  If the child was a girl, the godmother planted a rosemary bush from which the help received a twig on the occasion of the wedding.  The "Stafiermachen?" began when the child was three or four years old.  The woman who has just given birth was provided with food.  The relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances supplied fully laden baskets of the best delicacies.  In grandfather's time the boys were adorned with bouquets and the girls were adorned with wreaths at confirmation.  On the occasion of the first communion the parents and godparents also go to Holy Communion.

[Published at 2004 by Jody McKim Pharr]