Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason to celebrate.
Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept countries is well earned, and the universal and regular cleaning of everything in sight even has a name, Putzanfall. So much a passion it's "enjoyable", leading to anxiety attacks when everything doesn't "sparkle" as it should.
Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A bizarre mixture sometimes, the carefully tended colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, a wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies and down ancient farmhouse walls.
Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany
The Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost. A mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions in German speaking regions, from devotional processions and services to decorated oxen, villagers wearing birch branches and "Wickedness Night".
Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. Held on Ascension Day, so changing each year, the variable date is not the only difference from "Father's Day" in other countries. Consumption of alcohol, and ending the day intoxicated, are major features of the celebration.
German Wedding Traditions
May is the most popular month to marry in Germany, and the country's different regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions begin weeks before a wedding takes place, and then the festivities can last for days.
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