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Historic Traditions and Customs
There is a strong sense of continuity in Germany, and many of the traditions still followed today, from Passion Plays and May Day to Midsummer Madness and Garden Gnomes are centuries old.
Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Traditions and superstitions about Chimney Sweeps are common throughout Europe, but in Germany both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger are rooted in the past.
Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
February 2nd is Groundhog Day, with its roots in "Candlemas" a Christian festival, ancient European and German "Hedgehog" superstitions, the weather, and pagan traditions.
May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st means Tanz in den Mai, Dancing into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches were believed to join the festivities, it continues with May Day Maypoles, dancing and traditions, which last until deep into the night.
Oberammergau Passion Play
The wind of change has blown through the Bavarian village of Oberammergauís centuries old and unique Passion Play, although Jesusí entrance to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection remain the focal points.
Schultueten and the First Day of School
The first day of school is a milestone in the lives of German first graders. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupil to school where, after welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls", and "Schultuete", School Cone, held tightly, it is time for school life to begin.
Summer Solstice and Midsummer German Culture Homepage | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | German Culture Site Map
Many of Germany's festivities for Sommer-Sonnenwende, Summer Solstice, and Johannisnacht, Midsummer Night, were originally mystical Pagan and Pre-Christian events, so fire still plays an important role in celebrating the triumph of sun and light over cold and darkness.
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