unbekannter Gast

Anna, Heilige#

Anna, Saint, feast day July 26. The figure of the mother of Mary is very popular in Austria. Her feast day was an official holiday until into the reign of Maria Theresia. Until around 1900, Anna was the most common name for girls. In Austria, there are 63 pilgrimage churches dedicated to St. Anna, the most important one being that at Annaberg in Lower Austria, where a relic of the saint is kept. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the "Annenfest", or Anna Festival, was celebrated, mostly in Vienna, with theatrical performances, serenades, fireworks, presents (garters, fans etc.). Musicians like J. Strauss the Elder, J. Strauss the Younger and J. Lanner wrote Anna polkas and Anna quadrilles. <P<