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Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, Dried Plum Boys, were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, Dried Plum Girls, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts. Good Luck symbols given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings, here is the story and easy DIY "How To" guide.
Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, Spring and New Year held no promises.
Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5, Twelfth Night, is followed by "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day. Epiphany, and in Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and ending to Christmas celebrations, are a mix of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany
New Year's Eve in Germany. German New Year's Traditions: old, new, some based on customs from a pagan past and all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. It is "Silvester", and here is how it is celebrated in Germany.
Lucky Chimney Sweeps, Germany's Schornsteinfeger
Tradition and superstition surround Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including Germany where the traditions of "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or chocolate, they are a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.
German Potato Pancakes, a Reibekuchen Recipe
"Rieberkuchen", a German favorite as a snack or a side, and this is an easy recipe, but it can also be used for Pumpkin Potato Fritters. Traditional Rieberkuchen adding leftover pumpkin. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about trying the Apple Potato Pancake recipe?
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