Mow lawn on Sunday in Germany
Yes, you read it right – one of Americas most popular pastimes, mowing your lawn on a Sunday afternoon, is a total no-go in Germany and here’s why: why you don’t mow lawn on Sunday: Germany.
Ruhezeiten (rest times) take it or leave it
In America it is perfectly normal and culturally acceptable to do whatever you want, whenever the heck you want to do it – well most of the time it’s just a matter of common sense. Not in Germany. In Germany, they have legal rest times. Legal, as in, there are regulations and laws and stuff like that for it. My 3rd grade teacher always used to say “One word I never want to hear is STUFF, please always be specific” Therefore, we shall get a bit more specific.
The German regulations for “taking it easy” varies from state to state, but generally speaking, you need to be legally quiet Monday thru Friday between 12 noon and 2pm and at night, meaning between 8pm until 7am the next morning. Poor American in Germany… It gets even better though: Sunday is considered a rest day. Yes a rest day, the whole day, every Sunday.
The Ruhetag (Rest day) Sunday survival guide
No vacuuming, no mowing the lawn, no auto repair, no loudly playing children. Stop making firewood, turn down your music and just be quiet. Are you catholic? Go to church, get home, eat a nice warm lunch, go hiking, take the dogs out (don’t they dare bark), eat coffee and cake at 3pm, read a book, spend quality time with the family. Did you forget something to be able to finish cooking your dinner?
Congratulations, you won’t find an open grocery store for miles on Sundays; consider yourself lucky if you find an open gas station. As for us, my wife likes to brunch on Sundays and take the dogs for a long walk. I survive the German Sunday by writing new blog posts and taking a nap.