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Erecting a tree, the Kärwaboum in Franconia

Kirchweih is literally the dedication of a church in German. More generally it also names the celebration of the anniversary of a dedication both at church and in local customs. The festivity is often on the day celebrating a church's patron saint or the day of laying the foundation stone, now often celebrated the following weekend. Customs vary locally in German-speaking countries, also local names such as Kirtag, Kärwa, Kirmes and Kilbi.[1]

In the liturgy of the Catholic church, the Latin gradual, part of the proper of the mass for the feast day, is Locus iste, set to music for example as a motet by Anton Bruckner.


  1. ^ Haid, Gerlinde (2002). Kirchtag (in German). Vienna: Österreichisches Musiklexikon. ISBN 3-7001-3077-5. 

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