Hardly any oldie party can do without the legendary hit “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People from 1978. Not only the song, but also the accompanying dance, in which the letters are represented with the arms over the head and the body, has been imprinted on many. But only very few people know what the abbreviation “Y.M.C.A” actually means.
“Y.M.C.A” stands for the English term “Young Men’s Christian Association”, in English: Christian Association of Young People. This is a cross-denominational youth organization. There is also an offshoot of the movement in Germany.
History of the “Y.M.C.A.”
The movement originated in the 19th century. In 1844, George Williams founded the first “Y.M.C.A” in London. The aim was to give young men who moved to the metropolis to work a first orientation. In addition, there was the opportunity to study the Bible in detail. A few years later, a worldwide movement developed from this. In Berlin, the first German branch was founded in 1883 under the name “Christian Association of Young Men”. However, the first precursors of the organization in Germany already existed in 1823.