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How to Make a Schultuete, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled by small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultuete are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
International Children's Day in Germany
Germany celebrates two "Children's Days". June 1 is International "Kindertag" with presents as well as tradition, while "World Children's Day" is in September. Both holidays with real purpose and goals, but divided into 'East' and 'West', just as they were before Germany's reunification.
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.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach is the last Baroque era composer, and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Although recognized as a gifted organist during his lifetime his more than one thousand works met with little appreciation, and were not rediscovered until the 19th century.
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.
Lent, Medieval Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe
With special beers and secret recipes Germany's monks ensured the Lenten Fast to Easter was never all about deprivation. Their traditions and the food that went with them have become year round favorites, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord, an over sized ravioli.
LEO German English Online Dictionary
You need a German English Dictionary “right now” but there isn’t one around, or perhaps you would like an resource for future reference. LEO Deutsch-Englisch Online Wörtenbuch offers that and much more, including a great many interesting, and informative, “Germany and German life” links to explore.
Lev Z. Kopelev Honorary German citizen
Russian Author Lev Kopelev - Made an honorary German citizen after the revoking of his Soviet citizenship, due to his human rights and dissident activities, spent the remainder of his life in Germany where 'The Lev Kopelev Prize for Peace and Justice' has been awarded annually since his death.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist
An iconic German born composer and child prodigy who broke new ground in Western classical music, and continued to produce musical masterpieces even when profoundly deaf.
Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff - the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A favorite drink in Germany and traditional addition to the month's other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.
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