Düsseldorf (AP) – The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) receives carol singers in Düsseldorf on Thursday (12 noon). The State Chancellery announced that six girls and boys from the dioceses of Aachen, Essen, Cologne, Münster and Paderborn are expected.
In the Catholic caroling tradition, boys and girls dressed as kings collect donations for other children after Christmas. In 2020, before the pandemic, 49.3 million euros were raised. Around 300,000 children and young people and 10,000 parishes took part. The last carol singers campaign at the beginning of 2021 could only be held online in lockdown. 38.2 million euros were collected in the process.
This year the campaign has the motto “Get healthy – stay healthy. A children’s right worldwide”. The carol singers collect for children in Egypt, South Sudan and in the North Rhine-Westphalian partner country Ghana. With their clothes they are reminiscent of the three kings who, according to Christian tradition, visited the baby Jesus. This Thursday, January 6th, is the feast day of the Three Kings. It is a public holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt.
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