Peter Backes     Editorial

 friedenstaube swDear friends of Eurojumelages,

Easter is the celebration of hope, the hope for peace.


The terrible events in Ukraine - in the heart of Europe - have pushed the Corona crisis into the background, even though it has not yet been overcome.
The terrible images of destruction in Ukraine and the horrific suffering of the Ukrainian people caused by a brutal, inhumane war of aggression brought before our eyes every day move us all deeply.
Many Ukrainian people have been forced to abandon their homes and have become refugees, facing an uncertain future.
It is precisely here that the European countries, primarily Poland and Romania, are showing great solidarity with the people who have fled the devastation. This is international solidarity and understanding in action!
In these troubled times it becomes more important than ever to actively promote the ideals that Eurojumelages stands for: "Let us build Europe's house of peace together“. The idea that unites us expresses itself our Eurojumelages Anthem.
Despite the upheaval in Europe caused by the war, we must try to continue to live our lives whilst helping our brethren. Our Eurojumelages calendar of activities for 2022 is both interesting and extensive and nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing as many Jumeleurs as possible take up one or more of the offers and actively participate in the events.
I would like to thank the organisers most sincerely for always giving us events of the highest level with great commitment and making them a wonderful experience for the participants time and again.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish all of you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Easter.
Stay healthy!

Peter Backes


Dear Eurojumelages friends

Every country has its own very special traditions and customs. Most go back to the culture and history of the individual countries and towns. They have been passed on from generation to generation and continue to shape people's lives.

Cultural monuments are also part of the identity of a town or region as cultural heritage.

Within this context, we would be delighted if you could present a tradition, a custom or a cultural monument of your town or region on the Eurojumelages homepage using photos and a short text, in connection with your personal experiences, so that the Eurojumelages community can appreciate the members’ individual heritage: awareness of traditions, festivals, historical monuments, etc. certainly contributes to our ideals of cultural exchanges and international understanding.

In my region, the Rhineland, for example, carnival is currently being celebrated, a tradition that goes back to the ancient Germans.

Now let your creativity run free!

Please send us your photos (as a JPEG file) and the accompanying text by clicking on this link

Please also briefly confirm that you own the rights to the images and agree to their publication free of charge on the Eurojumelages website.

Contributions so far: Cologne Carnival, Holy Week in Mendrisio, Europe Day in Bonn

We are looking forward to many more contributions!

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