Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, a part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. Summer's last days, and the beginning of autumn, bring processions of beautifully decorated cows, and their cow bell symphonies, as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
German Chestnut Jam Recipe
Chestnut Jam, Kastanien Konfitur, is a popular Autumn recipe enjoyed through the year, and it's thanks to the Romans who brought chestnuts to Germania as they conquered the area. In many German regions a fall and winter "find" for foragers, and this delicious jam is one of the many recipes.
German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922 as fruit gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company, their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Now a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", they make couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.
The Berlin Wall, Germany Remembers
On August 13, 1961 the East German government began building a wall across Berlin, and while the "Berlin Wall" stood it defined the Cold War and division of Europe. November 1989 exits were opened by government decree and families separated for decades were reunited.
German Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on the streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.
Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes
Before the "Fall of the Wall" meals in East Germany were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and bananas seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.
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