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Bird's Wedding, Children's Tradition in Sorbia
It is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany; the unique "Bird's Wedding". Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven; or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird. While everyone, from guests to chaplain, are colorful "Birds".
Monk's Chicken, 13th Century Recipe for Lent
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts like Lent, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the "Fish not Fowl" Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.
Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Karneval in Germany began with masked Teutons creating chaos to frighten away evil spirits of winter. Now Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in the Rhineland, where Carnival "Wieber"/women cause turmoil, take over City Halls, and no necktie is safe from their jumbo scissors.
Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure the Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord; an over sized ravioli.
Carnival Season in Germany
Karneval/Fastnacht/Fasching, German Mardi Gras. Different regions, different names and traditions. Crazy, zany, Kuesschen, Kater und Krapfen, "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets. Although not enjoyed by everyone, so Karnevalsmuffel - Carnival Grouchers - head for the hills.
Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the "forecasting" groundhog etc., but its origins are in a mixture of ancient European and German "Hedgehog" folklore, "Candlemas" a Christian festival, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.
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