The German observance of the 450th anniversary of Martin Luther's death on Feb. 18, 1546, started with such solemn occasions as a commemoration of his burial in the Castle Church in Wittenberg. On those doors, of course, he posted his 95 theses on Oct. 31, 1517 — and started the Reformation.
But now it's spring in the countryside and cities of Germany where Luther lived. The accent of "Luther Year" events is on celebration — from a choral concert of Luther's music in the banquet hall at Wartburg Castle to a festival, complete with floats, honoring Luther's marriage to Katharina von Bora in Wittenberg. And a fair in Eisleben features crafts and provisions from Luther's time.
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