Monday, April 11, 2011

Stores Open Good Friday, Amish Holidays

All Amish owned business will be closed on Good Friday.  As a service to visitors to Holmes County and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfastwe have compiled a listing of all of the local businesses that we have confirmed to be open on Good Friday, April 22, 2011.  This listing is not comprehensive, as we were unable to contact all businesses. The businesses that we have confirmed to be open Good Friday are:

Coblentz Chocolates, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Guggisberg Cheese, Normal Hours
Berlin Village Gift Barn, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Country Craft Cupboard, Normal Hours
Heini's Cheese, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holmes County Flea Market
Walnut Creek Cheese (Walnut Creek & Berlin Locations), 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kaufman's Kountry Accents, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Nature's Health Foods, Normal Hours
Stone Barn Furniture, Normal Hours
Walnut Creek Furniture, Normal Hours
Warther's Museum, Normal Hours
Many or Most Shops in Berlin
All Shops in Millersburg

Restaurants Open:
Amish Door, Normal Hours
Berlin Hickory Smokehouse, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Der Dutchman 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Breakfast only)
Dutch Valley, 7 am. - 8 p.m.
Farmstead Restaurant, Normal Hours
Rebeccah's Bistro - Normal Hours
Beachy's Chalet, Normal Hours

Good Friday is a fast day for the Amish.  In addition to Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, the Amish, to a greater degree than the Mennonites, observe specific other religious holidays.  They are Epiphany (old Christmas), Good Friday, and Ascension Day.  The manner in which they observe these holidays differ from one community to another.  In the past, various Amish did not give much heed to national or patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Armistice Day.  Today, here in Holmes County, we are seeing Amish families making a few of these national holidays a family day which may include seeing fireworks and having a picnic; however, never included in their gatherings are there any patriotic mentions or symbols, as they are conscientous objectors and strongly oppose military service.  The strictest sects typically do not give heed to any patriotic holiday; much less, take off work for such a day.

Amish holy days are not observed with any church services or preaching, but rather by refraiming from work, typically as they would on a Sunday.  They fast until noon then conclude with a huge meal celebrated with family or friends.  A source for more information regarding the Amish, is "The Riddle of Amish Culture" by Donald B. Kraybill.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz

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