Dance into May

April. April is often indecisive. That’s one of the things that makes bidding April and its capricious weather adiéu all the sweeter. Germans are so relieved when May finally arrives, that the first day of the month has been declared a national holiday and, in many parts of the country, there is a tree devoted to the month of May around which people gather and celebrate.

At some point we asked ourselves: where does the term Wonnemonat (used in reference to the month of May) even come from and does May really live up to the festive standards the term implies?

Roots in old German

But before we get to these questions, we turn the clocks back to Germany in the 10th century, where the term Wonnemonat supposedly originated. According to old folklore, the term came from the Old German language as it existed from the 8th to 11th centuries. At that time people still spoke of winnimanod, which actually meant something more like pasture month. A reminder to the farmers that it was peak time to herd cattle back onto the pastures. The Wonnemond is – according to Duden – already a Early Modern High German transformation of the word winnimanod.

Finally spring

At some point winni became wunni, which according to literary scholar Prof. Dr. Bernd Balzer of the Freie Universität Berlin means enjoyment and pleasure¹. And there we have it—we’re already reached a name that expresses merriment in regards to the month of May. The merry month of May, or Wonnemonat, sees the cold off and welcomes the care-free joy of spring once again. Ah yes, glorious indeed is this May!

More about Lifestyle

Fact Friday: Why we should travel more by train

Flying is a great thing. Flying is also pretty comfortable and unbeatably cheap. The problem? Flying is also the most polluting way to get around. The reason for this is the enormous fuel consumption of the airplanes: During a holiday flight to Mallorca,...

Fact Friday: Fridays For Future

Climate protection activists or trend movement? On August 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg did not go to school. Instead, the swedish girl sat in front of the Reichstag building in Stockholm during class time - every day for three weeks. With her she carried a...

Hair styling in the right light

Our design lights at the ORGÆNIC Salon in Dresden When it comes to the ORGÆNIC Salon in Dresden, calling it a simple hair salon would be a massive understatement. Anyone who’s ever caught a glimpse of the façade with its memorable lettering in the Dresdner...

All Impulse Categories

ArchitectureArtDesignHistoryHOLY TRINITYLight and ShadowLifestyleMinimalism

Newsletter registration

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Pin It on Pinterest