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Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
It's "Oktoberfest" although most of it takes place in September, an "Angel" on hiatus from heaven attends every year, one Mayor opened it shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped); and that was before any beer was consumed. Oktoberfest Fun Facts.

Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottos are an unmissable part of its calorific food; a "sweet" accompaniment to "Wiesn-Mass". Oktoberfest beer.

Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany, Recipes
In communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, so for a "Flash into the Past" here is a taste of East Germany.

Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition, "Good Luck" charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church but also great decorations for Easter. With "How To".

Pfingsten, Pentecost - Whitsun in Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost; in German speaking regions with a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".

Pumpkin Potato Reibekuchen Recipe
Pumpkin left and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Fritters, traditional German "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, uses any extra pumpkin but also becomes a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

Rabbit A La Berlin, Film Review
Its original title was Mauerhase - A Hare That Lives by a Wall, and Oscar nominated Rabbit A La Berlin uses the viewpoint of Berlin's death zone rabbits, a bunny utopia, as symbolic of a totalitarian system. A different perspective on socialism, the fall of the wall and end of communism.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe
A spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Germany, ideal for all those chilly autumn and winter days which call for warm, comforting and tasty seasonal food. Especially as it is also colorful, vitamin packed and nutritious.

Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries simple "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany. Now it is a "fruit salad with a difference" and menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf, a German specialty from at least the 17th century. Made from late spring until early autumn with seasonal fruit conserved in sugar and rum, it's a treat for the winter months, and indispensable part of "end of year" holiday celebrations. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.

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