The story of Ochranovská hvězda
A COMPANY WITH HISTORY AND TRADITION
Created more than 160 years ago, for the first time in the bosom of the Moravian Church, the Herrnhuter Stern is considered to be the wellspring of all Christmas stars. The first star of this kind, made of paper and cardboard, shone in the boarding school rooms of the Moravian Church at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Invented by a mathematics teacher, the star was used to give pupils a better understanding of geometry. From then on, the children crafted their stars on the first Sunday in Advent and carried this custom back to their families. Even today, beginning the peaceful Christmas season with a Herrnhuter Stern is still a charming tradition.
THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY
A star to ward off homesickness
Of course, these boarding schools could not take the place of home. Being separated from their parents was very painful for the children, especially during the Advent and Christmas season. Hence the star as a symbol of the Bible story was a welcome helpmate. A teacher first used the star in mathematics class as a way to help children better understand geometry. He let the children at the boarding school construct stars of various geometrical shapes and these stars later adorned the schoolrooms. The first stars were coloured white and red - white for purity and red for the blood of Jesus Christ. From then on, the children always crafted their stars on the first Sunday in Advent and carried this custom back to their families.
The Herrnhut Star (Ochranovská hvězda), which originated over 160 years ago in the Renewed Moravian Church, is considered the source of all handmade Christmas stars. At the beginning of the 19th century, the first star made of paper and cardboard shone in the rooms of the boarding school of the Moravian Church. Constructed by a mathematics instructor in class, the star served as a communication tool to improve geometric comprehension. Since then, children have been crafting their stars on the first Sunday in Advent, thereby introducing this custom to their families. Even today, beginning the peaceful Christmas season with a Herrnhuter Stern is still a charming tradition.