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Catholic Activity: Pentecost Tree

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A Russian German custom that was once practiced by young people of the community on the feast of Pentecost.

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On Saturday before Pentecost or on Pentecost, the young men of the villages frequently planted a tree, a Pfingstbaum, before the homes of girls they liked. It was considered an honor to have a "Pentecost tree" planted before one's home but occasionally a young man, in a spirit of fun, planted a dry stick in the yard. This custom is no longer in vogue.

Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

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