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Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fun Facts about the life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Who made his first performing tour at six years old, wrote his first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an excellent billiards player, spoke 15 languages, and had a very popular marzipan candy named after him.
The Bird's Wedding, Vogelhochzeit - SorbTradition
An ancient January tradition in the Sorbian Lusatia region of eastern Germany. Children in traditional Sorbian costumes are the 'Bridal Couple', and the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven, the guests often different 'birds'. It's the 'Bird's Wedding', Vogelhochzeit.
Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, alternatively Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a Kultgebaeck, a cult baked good, which like many things probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once something to look forward to during church holidays and festivals they are now enjoyed all year, and are delicious.
White Asparagus Soup Recipe
White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe, is a 'must' during Germany's Spargelzeit. Two months beginning in April, when the white asparagus season is in full flow with Fruehlingswonne, "Springtime Delight", and entire menu's are dedicated to a "Royal Vegetable's" white stalks.
Palm Sunday and Palmbuschen in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition. Good Luck charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Easter Fires, the colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers are carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church, but make great decorations. With a 'How To'.
German Struwen, A Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Mouths water on Good Friday in Muensterland as for generations it has been the tradition to serve Struwen, fried yeast pancakes. Originally made only for the Lenten Fast now they are enjoyed throughout the year, nevertheless few Muensterland tables will be without them on Karfreitag.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach is the last Baroque era composer, and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Although recognized as a gifted organist during his lifetime his more than one thousand works met with little appreciation, and were not rediscovered until the 19th century.
Germany and its Storks
Storks are amongst Germany's favorite wildlife, the subject of many myths and superstitions, and when they return to their German nests, most after having spent the winter in Africa, it's a clear signal spring can not be far away. Although it might be cold and even snow covered in places.
Germany's Stork Theme Route
The German Stork Route crosses many other scenic and historic tourist routes in the north and east of Germany. It comes to life towards the end of March and until September spectacular, often bulky, stork's nests are filled with breeding pairs and their young.
Caroline Herschel – German-British Astronomer
Caroline Herschel, sister of William Herschel and pioneer in her own right, cataloged stars, nebula, and was the first woman to discover a comet. She was also the first woman astronomer to earn a salary, acquire honors, and be accepted into scientific organizations usually open only to men.
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