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East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be complicated in pre-unified Germany. Especially if there was only one person who carried two passports, one for a child, together with large camera carry bag loaned out but unknowingly returned with side pockets 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. Gründonnerstag 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
It is hard to imagine any Easter without eggs, but in Germany from Easter Trees and decorated Easter Fountains to the Easter Sunday Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another play a major starring role in 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.
Easy, Fun and Safe Children's Lanterns
In Germany making and carrying lanterns are a favorite pastime for children, and these safer versions of lamps are fun and easy to make, as well as practical for everything from Summer BBQ's, Halloween, St. Martins and New Year, to those "any occasion will do" celebrations.
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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