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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.

All About Easter in Germany star
Easter in Germany is a mass of color, with painted eggs and chocolate rabbits playing their part. Palm Sunday and its decorative Palm Bouquets begins "Karwoche", Holy Week, followed by a mix of religious, secular, and folk traditions, celebrating days of remembrance and festivity.

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

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs star
Coloring eggs to trim homes, gardens, wells and fountains has been an Easter tradition in German speaking countries for centuries. Easter Markets fill with decorated eggs but it's the custom, and more fun, to "Do it Yourself". Great presents anytime of the year, here's an easy "How To".

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

Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes star
The Thursday before Easter is "Green Thursday" in Germany. Gründonnerstag when by tradition meals for the day are "Green", with "Green Bean Soup" and "Seven Herb Soup" among the most popular. Any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees star
It is hard to imagine Easter without eggs, but in Germany from Easter Trees and decorated Easter Fountains and Wells, to Easter Sunday Egg Hunts and the Easter Sunday Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another play a starring role in the Easter celebrations.

Easter in Germany - Palm Bouquets for Palm Sunday star
Palm Bouquets, a 10th century German Easter tradition, are "Good Luck" charms made with decorated twigs, herbs and flowers. Carried in Palm Sunday processions and blessed in church, then kept for luck or decoration until next Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Story and "How To".

Easter in Germany - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara star
Along with its religious background the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. A mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, which makes the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany star
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".

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