Holidays and customs of Austria
the Austrians are a hospitable people, despite visible vysokomernoj. The explanation is that the population of Austria, and especially large cities, are originating from bourgeois families. However, the Austrians are easy to contact and always willing to help in difficulties. Characteristics such as politeness and punctuality. Today in some countries women are made to kiss his hand. In Germany and Austria this custom is observed only in special occasions. In some areas of Austria is dominated by a folk tradition, according to which during the marriage each partner tried to step on another’s foot; the “losers” while the party was then life “under the thumb” (innviertel).
It is believed that Vienna is more suitable for people of middle and older age. A typical crown is quite conservative and prefer all traditional. To face any challenge he is hostile and suspicious. Surprised by the propensity of citizens to wear the national dress, funny-called ‘dirndl’ and ‘trachten’. Lush long hide behind women’s skirts from top colorful lace aprons, and shirts have such a deep neckline that women have shoulders to throw the scarves. Men are limited to jackets particular national cut, with folded lapels button closure, and a constant hat with feather.
In Vienna there is a favorite phrase ‘Golden heart of Vienna’, ‘Vienna shyness’, which reflect the essence of the national character. Phrases such as ‘kiss your hand’, ‘dear sir. ‘, ‘my pleasure’, ‘doctor of medicine’, You will hear every step. The crowns have a special attitude to titles, degrees, so if You have them, tell your Austrian friends. Familiarity Austrians tied quickly and naturally. They are cheerful, courteous, sociable, love to eat well, to drink and chat.
Holidays and daylight savings time:
New Year’s day (January 1)
The Epiphany (January 6)
Easter Monday (1 April)
Labour day (1 may)
Ascension day (9 may)
Whit Monday (may 20)
The national holiday of the Republic of Austria (26 October)
All Saints day (November 1)
The conception of the virgin Mary (8 December)
Christmas day (25 December)
St. Stephen’s day (26 December).
Daylight saving time: from late March to late October, summer time (Central European time + one hour). Daylight saving time is in the night from Saturday to Sunday at 02:00 CET.
January: new year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. The carnival ball and the season (6.1 – Wednesday of the first week of Great lent).
February: Festival of ancient music.
March: Festival Of Haydn.
April: Holy week/Easter: ‘Easter bells’ (the music of the Baroque performed by the Philharmonic orchestra). City festival (last Saturday).
May: festival week with the international music festival (mid may – mid June).
June: the Festive procession of carriages decorated with flowers, in the Prater. – Festival on the Danube island (end of June).
July – August: Jazz festival (early July).- Summer theatres in and around Vienna. – International summer dance competition (mid July – end August). Vienna music summer (July – September).
September: folk festival in the Prater (beginning of September).
October: Film Festival ‘Viennale’.- Festival of music of the twentieth century ‘Wien modern’ (end of October – beginning of December).
November: ‘Superted’ (the second half of the month). – Fair art products and Antiques.
December: Christmas markets on the squares in Freyung offers panoramic views, the Spittelberg, in front of city hall and the castle schönbrunn (end of November – Christmas). New year celebrations in the Inner city, the Imperial ball at the Hofburg (31.12).