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East Friesland and its Tea Culture
Coffee is more popular than beer in Germany, except in the country's northwest. In the windswept coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland the number one beverage is tea, a Frisian Blend with its own tea ceremony, and anyone preferring coffee is known as a "Koffjenöös"...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 - 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
The 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. 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 Easter without eggs, but in Germany from Easter Trees and decorated Easter Fountains and Wells, to Easter Sunday Egg Hunts and the Easter Sunday Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another play a starring role in the Easter celebrations.

Easter in Germany - Palm Bouquets for Palm Sunday
Palm Bouquets, a 10th century German Easter tradition, are "Good Luck" charms made with decorated twigs, herbs and flowers. Carried in Palm Sunday processions and blessed in church, then kept for luck or decoration until next Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Story and "How To".

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.

Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. Held on Ascension Day, so changing each year, the variable date is not the only difference from "Father's Day" in other countries. Consumption of alcohol, and ending the day intoxicated, are major features of the celebration.

Federweißer, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
Federweißer might look like grape soda but is a delicious young wine with a KICK and short end of summer season. But its traditional harvest time accompaniments Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst, a rich onion pie and sausages marinated with grapes then fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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