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Customs around the topping-out ceremonyTopping-out celebrations have been celebrated for centuries and belong to the tradition, so to speak. There are construction workers and craftsmen who are honored for the topping-out ceremony for their work done - they are virtually the main characters.
Depending on the area, the customs vary around the topping-out ceremony, but no matter how the topping-out ceremony is celebrated, the focus is always on the successful completion of the house shell, which of course has to be duly celebrated.
What makes the customs around the topping out?
One of the oldest customs is called the Richtkranz or straightening tree, which is attached to the roof truss. But before the directional wreath is positioned by the carpenters, it is decorated with colorful towels or ribbons. When this step is done, the judgment follows. This is the highlight of each topping-out ceremony and includes the thanks to the many energetic employees and builders. Already in the early Middle Ages the judgment was considered as a kind of prayer and the request for good luck and the blessing of God. In general, the sentence is held by a carpenter, which subsequently
a glass of sparkling wine with a suitable slogan to the ground throws or crashing on the wall. The resulting broken pieces are considered lucky. And then a glass of sparkling wine is served and loaded for dinner.
Another custom is that the builder after the verdict the last
Nail strikes. And so this is not so easy, the carpenters play him a little prank. The hammer loses its handle or the nail is manipulated, so it breaks when trying to break.
Finally, at every topping-out celebration, there is a meal with rustic food and drinks to which all helpers and construction workers can strike vigorously. Already earlier, the straightening meal was considered a custom and served in his time as a reward for the service rendered by the craftsmen and builders.
And when the topping-out ceremony is coming to an end, many a client is proud and happy that he has finally fulfilled his dream of his own home and can soon call his own.