Bishop Nicholas greets the assembled crowd

Bishop Nicholas greets the assembled crowd

Photos: Olsberg Mittendrin

Kolpingsfamilie

Olsberg, Germany

Saint Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas traditionally begins at the parish church of St. Nicholas. His procession includes torch-bearing young people. In the square he embarks by ship to the concert hall. There primary children present a program of songs and poems. The good saint addresses the gathered hundreds before distributing the traditional St. Nicholas Day sweet bread. The bread is known as Nikolaus, or Weckmann and is now also made for St. Martin's Day.
Bishop Nicholas greets the assembled crowd
In procession with torch-bearing assistants
Bishop Nikolaus in front of St. Nikolaus Kirche
The Saint in the ship, on the way to the concert hall
Left: Primary children offer songs and poems to the program<br />The Saint with one of the traditional Nikolaus breads
Bishop Nikolaus giving the tradition "Nicholas breadman"&#8212;known as the Weckmann