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May 27, 2011 / jmeuropeana

European Neighbours’ Day

On the 27th of May –

It is European Neighbours’ Day – as it is each year on the last Friday of May. ‘Our’ European neighbours are Belgium and Germany, and at a stretch the UK and Norway, even though we have the North Sea in between.

From each of these four countries, here are some neighbours:
From Belgium – a printed ‘thank you’ note to neighbours who helped out after a house fire:
Dankkaart van schilder Fs. De Keukelaere, gericht aan zijn buren die hem met hun gedienstige hulp bijstonden bij de brand in zijn woning in de nacht van 11 november 1843

In Germany neighbours play a role in the wedding ceremony, and introducing the new married couple to the neighbourhood:
Vorstellen der jungen Frau
By the way, if marriage rituals interest you, go and visit the audio exhibition on Eastern European Weddings that Europeana Local (DIMARC) created.

In the UK during WWII neighbours were asked to help out their neighbours so they could go and work in the factory – neigbourly child care.
If You Can't Go to the Factory Help the Neighbour Who Can VADS Collection: Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information

In Norway two good neighbours take a break after sawing wood:
To gode naboer tar en pause på sagbokken

Go say hello to your neighbours today – invite them over for a drink!

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