History of the "Rixdorfer Strohballenrollen"
On 15 June 1737 the Bohemian colonists took over their assigned courts. The first Bohemian village mayor took office. The German Rixdorfer Population tried to contact their Bohemian Neighbours and invited them to their houses. But the only response was: "popráci".
A part of the German-Rixdorfer did not like that the Bohemians hadn't to pay taxes and also could not be drafted into military service. So there was often provocation, which always ended in a fight. Any wrong word or the wrong gesture could trigger an argument.
The German village mayor informed in the meantime, what the Bohemians meant with "popraci". "After work," said the parish priest: "If the work is done, or even" closing time ".
So Dorfschulze Fetzke Friedrich and his Czech colleague Bohumil Pachl met secretly in the Spandau suburb with coffee and cake. "It can not go on." Since they both agreed. "We need to give our local youth the opportunity to measure themselves, without broken legs and ribs." Friedrich forked at its biscuit role he had ordered for coffee: "Yes, of course ..."
An idea was born. "After the harvest is retracted we will leave two hay bales and roll them through the village. The winning team receives two gold ducats, which we will hide in the middle of the straw bale "-" Exactly, "said Fredericks colleague Bohumil Pachl and we call it:
“Popráci, the first "Rixdorfer Strohballenrollen”.
The contest was held in the same year on the second weekend in September. Every year more and more came from the surrounding areas to compete in this playful competition. The celebration with music, dancing and entertainment sprung the abundant proverbial "in Rixdorf is music."
Until 1911, a total of 174 Rixdorfer straw bale rolls were held. In January 1912 Kaiser Wilhelm II approved the renaming of Rixdorf in Neukölln and forbade the further implementation of the straw ball rolling.
In 2008, the artist colony Rixdorf revived the almost forgotten tradition and it is held every year since on the second week of September. For all cultures and generations, an event followed by music and dancing.
Every contributor decides if this festival goes on and if it is a sign of Rixdorf being a hospitable and diverse place to live.