A German Farmers Almanac or Bauernkalender

Experience and knowledge are handed down in the old peasant rules, written down in the Almanac that are part of our cultural history. Generations of farmers and gardeners have gathered an immense amount of knowledge through expert observation of nature, which is hereby made accessible

Old Bauernkalender, German Almanac
Alter Bauernkalender, German Almanac

In a “Bauernkalender” weather rules, farmer’s rules, farmer wisdom rules, daily rules, wisdom rules, animal rules, plant rules, harvest rules, and lost days are included in the farmer’s calendar!

Bauernkalender, German Almanac 1864

Bauernkalender, German Almanac 1864

There are so-called lost days, fixed days in the calendar, which, according to old popular belief, enable predictions about the weather conditions in the following weeks and months, determine the most favorable time for various agricultural activities (e.g. sowing) or allow forecasts about the harvest. Although some are superstition according to today’s scientific knowledge. Sometime rules have emerged that did not come from farmers, but from business-minded calendar makers. It is doubtful that there is a grain of truth in many.

Early Bauernkalender:

They show the trained perception of our ancestors, which was based on precise observations and experiences. Due to the calendar reform of Pope Gregory XIII. In 1582, the “Lost Days”, if they were formulated beforehand (which can no longer be reconstructed precisely), must be moved forward by 10 days. In the case of moving holidays, however, the weather rules applied to them are nonsensical.

Bauernkalender 1926 to 1953

Some saints’ feast days have been moved to other dates; the rules apply to the old date. Because at the time when there was no weather report, the weather made a direct decision on whether you would be full or in dire straits – there was still no insurance that would cover damage – many farmers’ rules are applied to the weather.

Bauernkalender, German Almanac

It should also be noted that climate change and regional differences affect the hit rate. If you look at the information as a time span around the respective day, many come true! They help to develop a feeling for natural processes and “weather experience”.