The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Luther Year' celebration beckons

On Autobahn or Internet travelers find history, hospitality and high humor

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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