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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.

Cologne Chocolate Museum star
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 - 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, followed by a mix of 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, 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 any Easter without eggs, but in Germany from Easter Trees and decorated Easter Fountains to the Easter Sunday Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another play a major starring role in Easter celebrations.

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.

Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany star
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition. Good Luck charms with colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions, blessed in church then kept as a charm/decoration until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. The story and a "How To".

Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany star
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost, which in German speaking regions is 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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