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Gardening by the Moon in Germany
Often thought of as a New Age trend or old superstition Moon Gardening is science based. Evidence suggests there is a connection between the sky's energy and that of earth, and in Germany the system has been followed for generations with 'Moon Gardening' calendars a big hit as Christmas gifts.

Summer Solstice and Midsummer in Germany
Many of Germany's Sommer-Sonnenwende, Summer Solstice, and Johannisnacht, Midsummer Night, festivities were mystical Pagan and pre-Christian festivals; and fire still has an important role in celebrating the triumph of sun and light over cold and darkness.

Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf, a German specialty from at least the 17th century. Made from late spring until early autumn with seasonal fruit conserved in sugar and rum, it's a treat for the winter months, and indispensable part of "end of year" holiday celebrations. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.

Pfingsten, Pentecost - Whitsun in Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost; in German speaking regions with a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".

Father's Day in Germany
That first experience of a German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so it changes each year, the variable date is not the only way celebrating "Fathers" in Germany differs from a "Father's Day" in other countries.

German Inventions in Everyday Use
Germany's inventors and scientists, past and present, helped build the country's reputation for invention and technology. Although many of the items now used in homes worldwide, including coffee filters and toothpaste, were not created laboratories, but in German kitchens, attics and workshops.

German American Heritage
German immigrants to the USA made a huge contribution to its culture, economy and technology. From introducing Santa Claus, founding breweries, popularizing ketchup, producing Presidents to establishing banking, industrial and philanthropic dynasties and designing the Brooklyn Bridge.

The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.

German Wedding Traditions
Germany's regions have many of their own, sometimes "unusual", wedding traditions; although May is the most popular month to marry throughout the country. Preparations and traditions surrounding a ceremony begin weeks before it takes place, and the festivities can last for days.

Two Offbeat German Museums
The Potato Museum and The Medieval Crime Museum are two of many unusual museums in Germany's huge, and comprehensive, museum collection, covering everything from classical antiquities and priceless treasures, chocolate, ships and composers Bach through Wagner, to Zeppelins.

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