Ancient Traditions in Today´s Germany

German Culture
Beginning school is surrounded with tradition, as are weddings, Father´s Day and sweeping chimneys. It is an ultra-modern country but many every day things are bound up with customs that are centuri

Father´s Day in Germany star
Father´s Day in Germany is something of a ´moveable feast´, as it is linked to Ascension Day which changes each year. But to those who are new to it the first experience of a German Father´s Day can come as a bit of a shock, as that is not the only way the celebration differs from other countries.

Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives star
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. Processions of decorated cattle create cow bell symphonies as they walk down the mountains to the valleys, and their winter homes, from a summer spent on alpine pastures.

Germany´s Schornsteinfeger, Lucky Chimney Sweeps star
Traditions and superstitions about Chimney Sweeps are common throughout Europe, but in Germany both the practice and the customs are rooted in the past.

Wedding Traditions in Germany star
May is "THE" month to marry in Germany, and the country's different regions have many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions often begin weeks before the wedding, with the festivities lasting for days.

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