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Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
February 2nd is Groundhog Day, with its roots in "Candlemas" a Christian festival, ancient European and German "Hedgehog" superstitions, the weather, and pagan traditions.
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 devised 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, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a very traditional dinner choice.
Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually extremely loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, however recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch".
Denglisch and Germany's War of Words
It is a popular, even trendy, German English language mixture,but "Denglisch", has a few powerful opponents, and some of the most commonly used words and phrases have been banned for use in many official offices and documents.
Three Kings Day in Germany, Epiphany
Twelfth Night on January 5 is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day, in Germany. Epiphany. The final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season and the end of Christmas celebrations, marked by a mixture of Tradition, Charity and Religious customs.
'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, signals the end of the Christmas season and in Germany one of many traditions for the day is a Three King's Cake, with the crowning of the lucky finder of a Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
Celebrating New Year in Germany
New Years Eve in Germany is a mix of traditions, old and new. Based partly on customs from the country's pagan past, a German "Silvester" celebration is planned to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of being a vintage one.
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