Nacht der Tracht

Author: kimzoulek   Date Posted:2 August 2015 

Nacht der Tracht

On her recent trip to Germany, Mama Schnucki had the pleasure of attending “Nacht der Tracht” - Night of the traditional dress. This event forms part of various major folk festivals and involves as many people wearing traditional dress as possible doing a Polonaise.

Night of the traditional dress was started in 2011 by the well known folk festival “Canstatter Wasen”, the world's second biggest folk festival after the Munich Oktoberfest. This "Schwabian Oktoberfest" takes place in Stuttgart which is in Baden WÜrttemberg in the South of Germany. The aim was to create a new Guinness World Record by having the most people doing a Polonaise wearing traditional outfits such as Dirndls and Lederhosen. At the time, the record was set at 507 participants, making it into this famous book.

One year later at the Straubinger GÄuboden Festival in Bavaria, 1176 people in traditional outfits beat the previous record of the Canstatter Wasen.

Since then, many other events are aiming to beat the previous record. The Brezelfest in Speyer got hooked on this tradition, making "Nacht der Tracht" a regular part of their festival. In 2013, the Brezelfest set a new record with 1973 traditional outfit wearers becoming a part of the worlds longest Dirndl and Lederhosen Polonaise.

In 2015, Mama Schnucki was one of them laughing