Amish weddings are often held at the end of fall and they are reluctant to display anything that can seem too extravagant. They use celery instead of flowers and the bride cannot wear a ring because it represents vanity.
The Amish do not use any kind of technology. They live without phones, internet, and even electricity due to their belief in “Gelassenheit” which means, “keeping the earth as God created it.”
New Couples Are Encouraged To “Sleep” Together
Astonishingly, young couples are encouraged to sleep together before their marriage. However, both are fully clothed and a wood board is placed between them to prevent any contact. By doing this they are encouraged to talk and get to know one another prior to their marriage.
As mentioned earlier, the Amish are not allowed to use modern technology but they can create their own “Amish Tech” respecting their beliefs and rules. In recent years the Amish have been using some technology but only for their businesses.
Once a couple starts their “dating” phase, they can go out only a few times before deciding if they will marry or not. Then the church will bless the engagement and the upcoming marriage. Marriage becomes official when it’s announced in their local newspaper.
Someone Who Breaks the Rules Will Be Considered as “Meidung”
With so many strict rules, it’s not rare for someone to be banned from an Amish community. Those people are labeled as “Meidung” (the shunning) and the only way to be accepted back again is by begging or to die and be buried back in their community.
Amish men are famous for having long beards but they are forbidden to use mustaches because according to their beliefs, they are seen as a sign of wealth and military, so their communities don’t want to be related with any of it.
After the wedding ceremony, guests are gathered to only congratulate the couple and offer their blessings to them. Then the just married pair will spend their first official night together at the bride’s family home.
Amish wear the same simple clothes that tradition has established for many generations. Therefore, they are not allowed to wear clothes with bright colors or any kind of jewelry (not even in their weddings)
Most Amish communities speak German, English, and what is known as Pennsylvania Dutch. English is used in school and business, they speak German in church and Dutch during their daily activities.
Although they are living in small communities, the Amish refuse any kind of genealogical testing that would tell them who is related to who because according to their beliefs, those tests are against God’s will.
The Amish Came From Switzerland During The 18th Century
The Amish escaped from Europe because they were victims of persecution, so they immigrated to America. They found they could live more peaceful in the United States and decided to make it their permanent home.
The Amish and The Mennonites
Both communities may feel offended to be mistaken for one another. The Mennonites (on the left) have not so restrictive rules as the Amish. In fact, they may wear clothes with brighter colors, and drive cars, and even use modern technology.
8th Grade Education
The Amish see no need in an education past the 8th grade because boys will decide what their craft is by then and the girls are expected to be housewives anyways.
Amish’s Worship Services Are Very Modest
Although they are a very religious community, the Amish do not have the need for extravagant churches. Amish prefer to just show their faith through “his” hard work and their way of living.
The Amish are not arrogant, in fact, they consider it as a sin. Therefore, they never judge or condemn any person or the modern society for their lifestyle.
The Amish Population is Growing
Because Amish people get married so young and normally have many children, their communities have a steady growth rate of 3.6% per year.
The Average Amish Couple Has Between 5 and 7 Children
Amish families do not use contraceptives (because it is against their beliefs) which results in having large families. The Amish aim to have many children as possible.
Amish Women Are Considered As 2nd Class Citizens
Due to their old-fashioned/restrictive traditions, women are considered and treated as 2nd class citizens. In consequence, girls are only destined to become housewives and that encompasses cleaning, cooking, and raising the children.
Jakob Ammann is Considered As The Father Of The Amish Religion
Jakob Ammann was a Baptist priest who began the Amish movement when he decided to leave Switzerland and other Christians joined him. In fact, the word “Amish” comes from his last name.
Believe It Or Not, The Amish Don’t Care About Being Photographed By Others
The Amish don’t take pictures of themselves and they don’t keep any in their homes, but they don’t care if other people take photos of them.
Building Barns is An Opportunity For Socialization
Building barns is one way the members of the Amish community can pass the time together to socialize and share stories.
The Amish Are Pacifists And Never Will Serve in The Army
The Amish do not believe in any kind of violence. Therefore, no Amish men are allowed to join the army. If they do so, they will be banned from the community.
There Are More Amish People Living in America Than You Might Guess
There are reportedly around 300,000 Amish people living in the US. Most of the Amish population is located on the East Coast of the United States.
The Amish Church Wait Until A Person is Old Enough To Make The Decision To Be Baptized
Unlike Christian churches, the Amish believe in waiting until a person is old enough (between ages 16-24) to be baptized.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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