German Traditions and Festivities

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Easter is a religious festival when Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Unlike Christmas Easter is a moveable feast. Easter is celebrated on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April.More ...
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Advent is the period when people start preparing for Christmas. It is also the beginning of the church year.More ...
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Christmas Recipes

On this page you will find popular German recipes for Vanillekipferl, Zimtsterne, Marzipankartoffeln and WeihnachtsstollenMore ...
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Carnival: An Overview

Carnival is a generic term for the various festivities that take place in Germany during the period before Lent. Carnival is a time of (almost) unrestrained merrymaking when both adults and children dress up, go to big processions and parties and think as little as possible of work and other ordeals.More ...
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Munich Octoberfest

The inhabitants of Munich call the Octoberfest simply d'Wies'n - named after the venue of the festival, the Theresienwiese (Theresa's meadow).More ...

Walpurgis Night

Hexen in Wernigerode (c) ZB - FotoreportWalpurgis Night which is celebrated on 30th of April is originally a heathen spring festival. The heathen deities Wodan and Freya are said to have conceived Spring that night. It was a feast of sacrifice in which the focus was formed by the drink of love and a green coloured May punch. More ...

Religios Customs

Information on catholic festivals, customs, traditions and the ecclesiastical year