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Carnival in Germany
Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, in Carnival regions with different names and traditions. Crazy, zany, "Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen", "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets. Although it's not enjoyed by everyone, Karnevalsmuffel - Carnival Grouchers - head for the hills.

German Carnival Jelly Donut Recipe
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless there is some type of favorite food involved, and for Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, it is Faschingskrapfen, Berliner, Pfannkuchen, Fastnachtskrapfen. The same thing, different name, depending on your region: The Carnival Jelly Donut.

International Green Week in Berlin
January brings "International Green Week" the biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture in the world, which takes place in Berlin each year. It has been held there for over 80 years, a 'one-of-kind' culinary tour of the globe which has kept in step with the times.

Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the "forecasting" groundhog etc., but its origins are in a mixture of ancient European and German "Hedgehog" folklore, "Candlemas" a Christian festival, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.

Bavaria, Germany, A Winter Wonderland
Enjoying the winter months is a way of life in Bavaria. It has breathtaking mountain scenery, snow covered forests, castles, palaces, abbeys and ski slopes, mixed with culture, shopping streets and a regional cuisine designed to keep the cold out and warmth in.

Caramelized Apples and 'Kaiserschmarrn' Recipe
Chopped pancakes with fruit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dessert, at Oktoberfest or in a bar, might not be what Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria's chef had in mind when he invented what is now known as "Kaiserschmarrn", but a century later it is a favorite throughout Bavaria and Austria.

Germany's National Anthem
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn created a melody as a hymn to God for an Austrian Emperor which, with a German poet’s different lyrics, later became the German national anthem, and for a time beautiful music was associated with a dark period in Germany’s past.

A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, classic, "cold weather meal", and in Germany considered so special at one time it was saved for celebrations or Sundays. Now a traditional dinner choice.

Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, but recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch". And not everyone is thrilled.

Denglisch and Germany's War of Words
It is a popular, even trendy, German English language mixture,but "Denglisch", doesn't thrill everyone, and has a few powerful opponents. Some of the most commonly used words and phrases have been banned for use in many official offices and documents.

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