From THE LOCAL (Germany):
Once every 10 years, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau crucifies Jesus all over again and local hairdressers nearly go out of business. That's because nearly half the 5,300-strong village lets their hair and beards grow for over a year to better resemble the Jews they will interpret in the Passion play which has been running there for nearly 375 years.
"A lot of people, including some 600 children, stop having their hair cut from Ash Wednesday (February 25) 2009 to October 3, 2010" when the play packs up for nine years, says Doris Renner, 51, who runs one of the village's three salons.
"That means a tremendous loss of business and shorter working hours for some employees," she adds.
Renner's hairdressing shop plans to open late Sunday on October 3.
"They'll be coming in droves and we'll be working flat out from 10 am to 10 pm for days," she says with relish.