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Autumn jewellery

A term commonly used in southern Germany for a female person from the group of reading helpers. In the Rheingau dialect Muck means "mother pig". This refers to the fact that, as a criterion for the honourable selection, the woman had to be physically emphatically "feminine and strong" (muckelich). In this old custom, especially in the Rheingau, a woman was selected who had cut off the last grape in a vineyard during the grape harvest (autumn). This was not left to chance, but a particularly quick-witted and entertaining person was chosen and given this task. The "Herbstmuck", who was decorated at the head with vines or leaves and/or grapes, moved into the winery with the other harvest helpers, sitting on the latfass (special barrel) transported by a horse cart. Once there, the "Herbstmuck" addressed a saying about wine to the crowd. Then the harvest was celebrated with food and wine. The autumn decorations also brought the first feather white to the church. In the municipality Rüdesheim this custom is cultivated till this day. The Herbstschmüerel played a further amusing role at the vintage celebration. See also under autumn as well as further customs under customs in the viticulture.

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