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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 and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional German "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
No St. Martin's Day or St. Nicholas celebration in German speaking countries would be complete without a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". Called Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region, it's a specialty for the days leading to the holidays. Its 'story' and a recipe.

St. Martin's and Halloween Children's Lanterns
Making and carrying lanterns are something of a favorite pastime for children in Germany, and 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. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, children singing, a "Weckmann" eaten by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor and often ending with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose.

Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many 'inventions'. They are the Gnomes who disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th Century Philosopher
Born in the mid 19th Century, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s timeless quotations have made him a present day sage, but there was a complex man behind quotes such as 'That which does not kill us makes us stronger'.

Friedrich Nietzsche Philosopher, Quotations
Written for a completely different world of the 19th Century, nevertheless German born Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical quotations can be as relevant now as they were then.

Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergarten, nature's pre-school for children, where fresh air, the natural world and exploration replace classroom walls. A system of education which began in 19th century Germany and has become increasingly popular throughout the country.

East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be a rather complicated experience in pre-unified Germany. Especially if there was only one person but two accompanying passports, together with a large camera carry bag that had been loaned out and returned filled with foreign currency.

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