Critics of Angela Merkel’s open borders policies can now take solace in the fact that despite the social impact of hundreds of thousands of migrant arrivals, the stale hegemony of traditional Christmas food has been broken by the arrival of North African fare.
Though the season is better known perhaps for pork sausage and mulled Glühwein, one migrant family in Germany’s conservative Bavaria region is spicing things up by offering falafel at the local Christmas market.
Reuters reports the family came to Germany from the Syrian civil war, and have opened for business in one of the typical timber cabins of the Schillingsfuerst Christmas market. Speaking of their experience in Germany, 20-year-old Mayar Ballish told the news service: “I feel comfortable here but of course not like at home… The people here are so nice and so kind, yes, the language is always difficult.”
As well as selling falafel sandwiches and a Syrian ground meat dish, the family also held an exhibition of artworks depicting “scenes of suffering in Syria”. Money raised by selling the 15 pictures would pay for medical treatment of children injured in the country, they said.
A local interviewed by Reuters said they were “delighted” the family was integrating by selling Syrian food at the Christmas market.
This has not been the only form of growing diversity in the bastion of tradition, the German Christmas market, to have hit international headlines in the 2016 season. Breitbart London reported earlier in December at the outrage expressed by some in the German town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine, where a group of locally living Muslims set up an Islam information stand.
Some locals found the placement of the booth inappropriate, and the town hall was inundated with complaints. One local said: “This does not belong at a Christmas market!”
Fearing the potential for unrest over the presence of the stand while expressing disgust at there being “so much intolerance”, the town mayor invited the Muslims running the stall to voluntarily close up shop. Following meetings with local police it had been decided the presence of the stand constituted a ‘security risk’, although it is not clear whether the risk came from the stand, reactions of locals, or potential attacks by other Muslims who persecute the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect members who were running the stand.