|Amish Family Memorial Day Outing|
More and more, Old and New Order Amish-owned businesses in Holmes County, Ohio, close their doors on national holidays; probably due to influence of non-Amish businesses who close for these observances. For the Amish, these national holidays are simply an opportunity for a family day, perhaps a picnic or fishing in the neighbor's pond or a family cookout, with no patriotic tribute in mind. The Swartzentruber Amish, a stricter sect, do not observe any national holiday.
|Family Making Hay|
For more insights into the secret world of the Amish, read Amish Society by John A Hostetler and Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years by Richard Stevick. Visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio and enjoy an overnight stay at the award-winning Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast where innkeepers, Paul and Loretta, will share Amish life insights.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 1, 2011