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Easter Traditions in Germany

The Links to Easter celebrations in Germany. Weeks filled with a colourful and traditional mixture of religion and folklore, from Palm Sunday until Pentecost.

Chocolate Museum Cologne, Germany star
Something for all chocolate fans It looks like a ship moored on the Rhine River, but 3,000 years of chocolate history, a child and adult friendly interactive journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, and free samples, are found in Cologne's Chocolate Museum, the world's largest.

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs star
Coloring eggs for Easter has been tradition in German speaking countries for centuries, and they are used to decorate everything from houses and gardens to wells and fountains. Found ready decorated at all Easter Markets, Ostermaerkte, it is still the custom, and much more fun, to color your own.

Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions star
Easter in Germany is a mass of color with painted eggs and chocolate rabbits playing their part. Palm Sunday with its decorative Palm Bouquets begins "Karwoche", Holy Week, and is followed by many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.

Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs star
It is an ancient practice. Decorating eggs to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, or decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year. Very popular in German speaking countries, here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.

Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes star
Thursday before Easter is "Green Thursday" in Germany. Gruendonnerstag when traditionally meals for the day are "Green", with "Green Bean Soup" and "Seven Herb Soup" among the most popular recipes, then any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees star
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.

German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara star
Alongside the religious background, the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, also star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. The mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, make the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany star
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition, "Good Luck" charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church but also great decorations for Easter. With "How To".

Pfingsten, Pentecost - Whitsun in Germany star
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost; in German speaking regions with a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".

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