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Schultueten and the First Day of School
The first day of school is a milestone in the lives of first graders in Germany. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupil to school and, after welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" and with a "Schultuete", School Cone, held tightly, it is time for school life to begin.
Seasonal and Holiday Drink Recipes
Warming winter drinks are found everywhere during Germany's cold weather season, not only for the Weihnachten and New Year celebrations when "Gluehwein" and "Christmas/New Year" make a timeless combination. From Gluehwein and Punch to Pharisaeer there are many traditional drinks to try.
Sophie Scholl and The White Rose
Sophie Scholl was 21, a leader of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group of Munich University students, and one of many Germans who did not support the Nazi regime. In February 1943 she was executed for treason, together with her brother Hans and their friend Christoph Probst.
Southern German Potato Salad Recipes
Potato salads from the country where they originated are just that little bit different so, summer or winter, for those 'Kartoffel' side dishes look no further than these traditional recipes from Baden Wuerttemberg and Bavaria. Two neighboring states in Southern Germany.
Spaetzle, German Noodles Recipe
German Spaetzle, little egg rich pasta noodles or dumplings, have been one of Southern Germany's "Comfort Foods" for centuries, now popular all over the country, they have spread across the world as a treasured memory from home for German emigrants. Short history and authentic recipe.
Speculaas, the Original 'Airline Cookie' recipe
Speculaas are spiced caramelized cookies found everywhere in Germany, from accompanying that 'cup of coffee' at the hair stylists to a pavement café. But they have been part of St. Nicholas and Christmas holiday traditions for centuries, long before they became known as the less spicey 'Biscoff'
Speculoos, Spread and Spice Mix Recipes
Speculaas were a special Christmas cookie, but now both they and the paste, a popular alternative to peanut butter and chocolate spread with the German young, and not so young, are year round favorites. Here are recipes for a quick and easy Cookie, Spread and 'Ready To Use' Spice Mix.
Spring in Germany
Fruehling: Whatever the weather tables and chairs suddenly appear outside Germany's Cafe's and Beer Gardens, while Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country.
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.
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