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August 7 2012 German Culture Newsletter



It might not seem like it, because there hasn't really been much of a summer this year, but school "summer" holidays are coming to an end in many parts of Germany. And that is, at least for first graders, a time of enormous excitement. Definitely "party time", and filled with tradition. One of the main ones is the receiving of a "Schultuete", filled with goodies to celebrate his or her very first day at elementary school.

If you know any kids who will become first graders this autumn, perhaps this is also a tradition you would like to try out.

First the Schultuete:

HOW TO MAKE A SCHULTUETE, SCHOOL CONE - STEP BY STEP

It is much anticipated experience for Germany's first graders. The first day at school with its Schultuete filled by small gifts and candies. A German tradition which began in the early 19th century, is as popular now as it was then, and perhaps a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art177514.asp

And now the traditions that go with it:

SCHULTUETEN AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46007.asp



germanculture.bellaonline.com has many articles covering a wide range of topics, and a forum:
http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=247

If you have any questions I hope to hear from you, either in the forum or via email.

Francine McKenna-Klein,
German Culture Editor

http://germanculture.bellaonline.com






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