Numerous folk customs are associated with the figure of Saint Barbara. One of the best known is the cutting of the "Barbara branches" on December 4th: The cut apple or cherry tree branches are placed in the water so that they bloom around Christmas. Many flowers are considered a good omen for the future. In addition to the fact that Barbara, in Roman captivity, is said to have caused a withered cherry branch to bloom, putting branches into the water shortly before the onset of winter is an old custom.
March 27, 2020
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