TRADITION: A scene from the Oberammergau play that is both rare and long-running, having first appeared in the 17th century.

<b>Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany</b><br>
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It happens only once every 10 years and has been going on since 1634. The people of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, fearing that bubonic plague would sweep the village, promised they would reenact the Passion every decade if God spared them.<br>
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About 2,000 people participate in the production, which runs from May 15 to Oct. 3. They are musicians and costume makers and scenery painters and, of course, the actors who depict the last days of Christ. About a half-million people attend the play, which lasts five hours with a three-hour dinner break.<br>
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Tour companies regularly sell excursion packages to the play; you can find a list under "how to book" as well as more about the event at  <a href="http://www.oberammergau-passion.com">www.oberammergau-passion.com</a>.<br>
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-- Catharine Hamm

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Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany

It happens only once every 10 years and has been going on since 1634. The people of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, fearing that bubonic plague would sweep the village, promised they would reenact the Passion every decade if God spared them.

About 2,000 people participate in the production, which runs from May 15 to Oct. 3. They are musicians and costume makers and scenery painters and, of course, the actors who depict the last days of Christ. About a half-million people attend the play, which lasts five hours with a three-hour dinner break.

Tour companies regularly sell excursion packages to the play; you can find a list under "how to book" as well as more about the event at www.oberammergau-passion.com.

-- Catharine Hamm

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