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Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.
May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st means Tanz in den Mai, Dancing into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches were believed to join the festivities, it continues with May Day Maypoles, dancing and traditions, which last until deep into the night.
German Beer, Fast Facts
Germany has a Day of German Beer, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" April 23, beer is considered a food in Bavaria but just enjoyed elsewhere, there are 1,500 varieties and 5,000 breweries. Facts about the age old drink Mark Twain described as "As Different as Hens in a Farmyard", Germany's Beer.
Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes
A Bavarian Beer Garden without "Obatzda" on the menu would be hard to find. A spicy mixture of different cheeses, always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included it's a favorite Bavarian specialty really worth trying.
Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color, where decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits play their part in the celebrations, but from Palm Sunday onwards there are many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.
Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
In Germany the Thursday before Easter is Green Thursday, Gruendonnerstag, when traditionally meals for the day should be 'Green'. 'Green Bean Soup' and 'Seven Herb Soup' are two of the most popular recipes, with any herbs left used in 'Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce' on Easter Sunday.
Spring in Germany
Fruehling: Whatever the weather tables and chairs suddenly appear outside Germany's Cafe's and Beer Gardens, while Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country.
Knut, a Sad End for Berlin Zoo's Star Polar Bear
Knut, Berlin Zoo's celebrated and charismatic young polar bear, and Leonardo DiCaprio's one time Vanity Fair cover companion, beat the odds to survive after his birth in December 2006, but died at the age of only four years, very young for an ice bear. And especially one in captivity.
Germany, Energy and Change After Fukushima
Japan's tsunami's effect on nuclear reactors brought about what was supposedly a partial and temporary nuclear shutdown in Germany, affecting its 'green' energy policy. Temporary it wasn't, and the long term outlook for consumers and the economy is anyone's guess, so far it is not positive.
Lent, Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe
With their special beers and secret recipes Germany's monks made sure the Lenten Fast before Easter was never all about deprivation, and their recipes have become year round favorites.
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