What keeps people together? Their traditions, their customs, their culture and their songs, tales and legends – in a nutshell, everything that defines the very soul of a population. The smaller the community, the stronger the sense of community and the deeper the cultural roots are etched into people’s memories. Famous composers, artists and authors, virtuoso musicians and talented actors have certainly allowed the Sorbs to blossom. That said, culture already has strong foundations throughout the entire Sorbian people – in normal families and among young and old alike. The Sorbian traditions are preserved according to old customs and have remained active right through to the present day.


The Wendish Shrovetide celebration marks the end of the winter work carried out in the local spinning room. Zapust is the most famous winter tradition in the Spree Forest.

Easter singing

Easter singing is an extremely old Sorbian custom that has almost disappeared in many locations. On Easter Eve, girls and young women parade through the streets, singing songs to proclaim the resurrection of Christ.


In many villages in Lusatia, a maypole is erected the evening before 1st May. The sport of maypole throwing is the highlight of Maytide customs in Upper Lusatia.


“Hahnschlagen” (rooster beating) is believed to be an older form of Sorbian summer ‘rooster games’. The custom is still performed in a somewhat modified form today, for example using a saucepan rather than a rooster.


The traditional practice of “Hahnrupfen” (rooster plucking), an old Sorbian harvest custom, is a popular contest among young men.

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