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Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: Super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, where many of the heart shaped gingerbread cookies have mottoes in Bairisch, the local dialect. Here are some traditions, mottoes and "translations" for those unmissable accompaniments to Oktoberfest beer.

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.

Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany
The Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost. A mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions in German speaking regions, from devotional processions and services to decorated oxen, villagers wearing birch branches and "Wickedness Night".

Rabbit A La Berlin, Life After The Wall Came Down
Its original title was Mauerhase - Hare That Lives by a Wall, and Oscar nominated "Rabbit A La Berlin" uses Berlin's death strip rabbits, it was a bunny utopia, to symbolize the end of a totalitarian system, the fall of the wall, end to communism and its consequences. A different perspective.

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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