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Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, but recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch". And not everyone is thrilled.

East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be a rather complicated experience in pre-unified Germany. Especially if there was only one person but two accompanying passports together with a large camera carry bag that had been loaned out and returned filled with foreign currency.

East Friesland and its Tea Culture
Across Germany coffee is more popular than beer, except for the windswept coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland in northwest Germany. There the number one beverage is tea. A Frisian Blend, with its own tea ceremony, and anyone who prefers coffee is a "Koffjenoese". A Coffee Nose.

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs to trim homes, gardens, wells and fountains has been an Easter tradition in German speaking countries for centuries. Easter Markets fill with decorated eggs but it's the custom, and more fun, to "Do it Yourself". Great presents anytime of the year, here's an easy "How To".

Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color, with painted eggs and chocolate rabbits playing their part. Palm Sunday with its decorative Palm Bouquets begins "Karwoche", Holy Week, followed by a mix of religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.

Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
It is an ancient practice. Decorating eggs to hang from trees, add color to homes during the Easter holiday, or given as gifts at other times of the the year. A popular custom in German speaking countries, here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.

Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
Thursday before Easter is "Green Thursday" in Germany. Gruendonnerstag when by tradition meals for the day are "Green", with "Green Bean Soup" and "Seven Herb Soup" among the most popular recipes. Any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.

Easter in Germany - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
Along with its religious background the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. A mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, which makes the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.

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