Today is Palm Sunday. The Christian community celebrates the entry of Christ in Jerusalem. It is an old custom in some regions of the Netherlands for the children to participate in a procession with a homemade Palm Sunday pole. My daughters have been attending the Waldorf school in their childhood, were this custom also was being kept alive.
Of course we’re not making the entire pole any more but the rooster on top is so delicious, we kept the baking of this rooster as a family tradition for Palm Sunday.
|An example of the Palm Sunday pole|
Although the church has attached their own interpretation to the symbols of this pole (as they have done with many customs of the our holidays), I’d rather see this as the a version of the May Pole which is a kind of fertility pole. This type of maypole originates from the Germanic custom to carry around a decorated pine with a rooster on top which was the rooster Gullinkambi (Old Norse for Golden Comb) The Rooster is a symbol for the coming of the light which he announces every morning. The pine was a symbol for Yggdrasil, the world tree.
The habit of using bread in the shape of an animal dates back to the period in which they no longer sacrificed real wild animals.After this small dilatation I just wanted to share we had a lot of fun with the baking and shaping of our rooster. My son in law thought it looked more like a dragon than a rooster but it tasted wonderful J