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. Sometimes a bizarre mixture, but a joy to behold on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
Pfingsten, Pentecost - Whitsun in Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost; in German speaking regions with a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".
Father's Day in Germany
That first experience of a German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so it changes each year, the variable date is not the only way celebrating "Fathers" in Germany differs from a "Father's Day" in other countries.
German Wedding Traditions
Germany's regions have many of their own, sometimes "unusual", wedding traditions; although May is the most popular month to marry throughout the country. Preparations and traditions surrounding a ceremony begin weeks before it takes place, and the 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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