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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 festivities for Sommer-Sonnenwende, Summer Solstice, and Johannisnacht, Midsummer Night, 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.

Pentecost and Corpus Christi in Germany
The Christian festival began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost and Corpus Christi, commemorated in German speaking regions by a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and decorated oxen to 'Wickedness Night'and craft markets.

Father's Day in Germany
A first experience of German Father's Day can come as a bit of a surprise. It is a "moveable feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day it changes each year, but the variable date is not the only way celebrating fathers differs in Germany from any other 'Father's Day'.

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

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 different regions have many of their own, often 'unusual', wedding traditions, although May is the most popular month to get married throughout the country. Customs surrounding the ceremony begin weeks before it takes place and celebrations can last for days.

Two of Germany's Offbeat 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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