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Denglisch, Germany's Mix of Deutsche and English
Mother-tongue speakers are usually extremely loyal to their national language, and Germany is no exception, however recently Anglicism's have been adopted with an amazing lack of restraint bringing about the rise of "Denglisch".
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.
Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs for Easter has been a tradition in German speaking countries for centuries, used to decorate houses, gardens, wells and fountains. Found at any Easter Market, Ostermarkt, it is still the custom, and much more fun, to color your own.
Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color, where decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits play their part in the celebrations, but from Palm Sunday onwards there are many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.
Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
The ancient practice of ornately decorating eggs, to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, is still going strong, but in German speaking countries eggs are decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year also. A 'how to' with a few ideas.
Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
In Germany the Thursday before Easter is Green Thursday, Gruendonnerstag, when traditionally meals for the day should be 'Green'. 'Green Bean Soup' and 'Seven Herb Soup' are two of the most popular recipes, with any herbs left used in 'Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce' on Easter Sunday.
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 - The Rabbit , Egg and Ostara
The Egg, the Hare and Ostara are interwoven in Germany’s Easter celebrations. It is a mixture of History, Easter symbols, Pagan and Christian tradition, and of course now with the addition of all those chocolate eggs and rabbits.
'Alles in gruenen Bereich', (everything in the green area), is heard every day in Germany, not describing a space in shades of green but that 'everything is under control'. Many commonly used German expressions sound bizarre but are fun to know, and have shaped the language.
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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