Cycle route Art and culture in Twente
Ootmarsum, with its beautiful half-timbered houses, is especially famous for its art. Many artists have their galleries or studios here.
The time around Easter is a special time in Ootmarsum. On Silent Saturday, the town crier announces the Easter celebration at noon. Then Easter carts fetch pine wood for an Easter fire. Singing they come at sunset to the Easter meadow to build the Easter fire.
During Easter, the Poaskearls, eight unmarried young men dressed in beige raincoats, black pants, and hats, make a tour around the church singing Easter songs. Then the "vlöggeln" begins: hand-in-hand the poaskearls, followed by the inhabitants of Ootmarsum (and other interested parties) walk in a long string through the town to the market square, to then lift up the children three times while shouting "Hurray! At 20:30 the Easter fire is lit by the poaskearls.
The origin of the tradition is unknown. However, it was already mentioned in a document from 1840.
On this route you will also pass the village of Tubbergen, the name of this village probably comes from 'between the mountains'. This indicates that you may occasionally climb a little, but also descend. Tubbergen is the place for lovers of mills: there are four water mills and three windmills to be found within the municipal boundaries. South of Tubbergen you will find the kroezeboom, an over four-hundred-year-old oak tree planted as a marker of a crossroads or border. At the time of the Reformation, secret meetings were held there by Roman Catholics. The priest preached there from the cart with which the altar had been transported to the croezeboom.
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