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Germany's Ruhr Valley - The Ruhr Metropolis
Germany's rejuvenated Ruhr Valley has an industrial history that reaches back 750 years, and a revitalized metropolis of 53 towns and cities which has been a "European Capital of Culture". A tribute honoring the way the entire region emphasizes European cultures, and the links connecting them.
Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes
Baking Weihnachts Plaetzchen is just one of Germanyís centuries old traditional Christmas customs. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but during Advent, even amongst those who do not follow the Christian faith, few homes will be without their Weihnachtskekse.
Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Traditions and superstitions about Chimney Sweeps are common throughout Europe, but in Germany both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger are rooted in the past.
Oberammergau Passion Play
The wind of change has blown through the Bavarian village of Oberammergauís centuries old and unique Passion Play, although Jesusí entrance to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection remain the focal points.
German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe
"Koelner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings are enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.
German Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on the streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.
Pumpkin Potato Pancake Recipe
Pumpkin left over and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional Germany's "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, will use up extra pumpkin but also become a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
Germany's St. Martin's Day and St. Nicholas celebrations would not be complete without having bought or baked a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". A specialty for the days leading to the holidays also known as a Stutenkerl, Nikolaus, Klausenmann or Weckmann.
St. Martin's and Halloween Children's Lanterns
Making and carrying lanterns are something of a favorite pastime for most children, so these safer versions of lamps are fun to make as well as practical for everything from Halloween, St. Martins and New Year, to those "any occasion will do" celebrations.
St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to a typical Sankt Martinstag. Candle lit lantern processions, children singing, a "Weckmann" eaten by an open fire. The day begins with church services in his honor and ends with the traditional supper, "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose.
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