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Ancient Traditions in Today´s Germany

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 centuries old customs.

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.

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Germany's different regions follow many of their own traditional, sometimes unusual, wedding customs, but throughout the country May is the most popular month to get married. Age old traditions begin weeks before the ceremony and celebrations can last for days.

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. During summer's last days and the beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from 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.

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