Koenigsberg: The Long Sausage Holiday or the Fairy-tales of the Old Town

The holiday that was organized and held in Kaliningrad was revived after two centuries thanks to the Museum of the World Ocean

This year it was named as The Long Sausage Holiday or the Fairy-tales of the Old Town.

The medieval holiday of a long sausage is of rich history that continues in the present time.

In 1520, the holiday was held for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Koenigsberg butchers cooked a 16-meter sausage and carried it with jolly music around the city.

In 1525, a sausage was already of 100 cubits and in 1535, — almost 100 m long. As time went by a sausage was getting longer and in 1601, Europe exclaimed – a sausage was 1 005 cubits long! Three chefs and 87 apprentices used 81 hams and 7,3 kg of pepper!

A ritual was created as time went by. One hundred and three apprentices used to carry a sausage and shop flags to the castle accompanied with jolly music where a part of it was served for a duke as a new year present. Then a procession marched along the three towns (Kneiphof, Altstadt, and Loebenicht located on the territory of Koenigsbeg). A sausage was served for three burgomasters, three brewers and three priests.

A procession’s final point was near bakers’ coaching inn in Loebenicht. True merriment started here: participants were eating sausage, drinking beer, dancing and singing – had their fling!

After some time bakers decided to join the tradition. On Epiphany, January 6, 1601, they went to butchers’ coaching inn with their own treat, pretzels and loaves. Eight loaves with raisins of 5 cubits long were baked.

The Museum of the World Ocean has been celebrating this old Prussian holiday for three years. This year, also announced as a Year of Literature, fairy-tales of the old town were presented. True miracles took place on the Historical Fleet Embankment: visitors met fabulous characters and watched fairy-tale performances as well as visited prophet’s magic shop, concert and fair.

The holiday started with the ceremonial march. Butchers carried the biggest sausage ring, a holiday kolyada. The delicacy weighted 130 kg; its diameter was about two meters. Bakers also took part in the holiday and made a huge royal sandwich with a surprise.

The organizers remembered about sweethearts as well. Love is a magic feeling and one wants to keep it for as long as possible. This day all couples could witness their feelings by getting a special certificate from ship captains.

Kaliningrad citizens and guests enjoy the atmosphere of the old Koenigsberg and become participants of a true winter carnival.

 

by Alexandra Medvedeva | Museum of the World Ocean

 

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