Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Originally an Easter Tradition, delicious and easy to make "Struwen" are fried yeast pancakes. Enjoyed throughout the year now, but for generations Struwen were a Lenten Fast tradition in Muensterland, Nordrhein-Westphalia; eaten only during the Fast, and especially on Good Friday.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.
Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for window boxes with each change of season in Germany. Year round colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A joy to behold on door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes, to trailing down from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
German Wedding Traditions
Germany's regions have many of their own, often "unusual", wedding traditions; although May is the most popular month to marry throughout the country. Not only preparations, but also customs surrounding a ceremony, begin weeks before it takes place and festivities can last for days.
Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff - the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A favorite drink in Germany and traditional addition to the month's other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.
May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
In many of Germany's regions May 1 means time to "Tanz in den Mai". Dance Into May. It begins with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30 when witches join in the festivities; continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions, celebrations and dancing deep into the night.
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