The Making and Story of The Rooster/Der Giggle
In 2013 our organization celebrated our 10th anniversary by sending a special gift
to the citizens of Einhausen. A nine foot tall rooster statue arrived last year. Or as
they so lovingly call it the Giggel...and it had quite the journey to its new home!
Why a Rooster?
It is an old tradition that formed when neighboring towns would make up nicknames to poke fun at each other. The Einhausen area produced barley known as “Gerschde” as a low quality feed for chickens and roosters. The neighboring town of Lorsch gave the people of Einhausen the name of Gerschdegiggel or “barley-roosters” and in turn got their own nickname of Sandhasen or “sand-hares” because of Lorsch’s sandy soil and rabbit population.
In 1954 a rooster flag was first flown in Einhausen and the town square hosts a rooster statue. Legend has it that may also represent the grit and pride of the people that call Einhausen home. The Giggel is now on display near the entrance to Einhausen.
This rooster arrived Nov. 8th, 2013 after a long voyage by ship, to the delight of the townspeople. It was purchased and sent by the group and other generous Shoreview area residents.
See the latest photos of "The Rooster" party by clicking here!
A video from our friends in Einhausen (Note: Video is in German)