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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, where decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits play their part in the celebrations, but from Palm Sunday onwards there are many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.

Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs star
The ancient practice of ornately decorating eggs, to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, is still going strong, but in German speaking countries eggs are decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year also. A 'how to' with a few 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, while any herbs left are used in 'Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce' on Easter Sunday.

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
The Egg, the Hare and Ostara are interwoven in Germany’s Easter celebrations. It is a mixture of History, Easter symbols, Pagan and Christian tradition, and of course now with the addition of all those chocolate eggs and rabbits.

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

Pentecost and Corpus Christi in Germany star
The Christian festival began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost and Corpus Christi, commemorated in German speaking regions by a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and decorated oxen to 'Wickedness Night'and craft markets.

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