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Oktoberfest in Munich
It is a huge country fair, the world's largest "Volksfest", and began as a horse race honoring a royal wedding. Over 200 years later the Oktoberfest has moved with the times, but is still an annual festival of Bavarian exuberance, draft beer, beer garden food and tradition.

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

Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany with 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 with colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions, blessed in church then kept as a charm/decoration until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. The story and a "How To".

Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost, which in German speaking regions is 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".

Rabbit A La Berlin, a Post Communism Parable
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.

Rhine In Flames, Fire, Water, Light Festival
Rhein in Flammen is a unique and spectacular annual "Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival". The first is in May and it continues for five Spring, Summer and Autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, with each display having its own theme.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe
A spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup that has become a "foodie" favorite in Germany. Colorful, vitamin packed, nutritious, ideal for all those chilly autumn and winter days that call for warm, comforting and tasty seasonal food. And its delicious.

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 "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany, it is a "fruit salad with a difference", and a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf goes back centuries as a delicious way to preserve summer fruit. Starting in early summer with strawberries, cherries and rum of course, with fruit added as it comes into season until early autumn, it's a taste of summer in winter. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.

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