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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 can be traced back centuries.

Germany's 'Lucky' Chimney Sweeps star
Throughout Europe Chimney Sweeps are surrounded by tradition and superstition, including in Germany where both the practice and customs of the country's 'Lucky' Schornsteinfeger, in their black gold buttoned suits and top hats, are rooted far in the past.

Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas star
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the 'forecasting' groundhog etc., but its origins are in a mixture of the Christian festival 'Candlemas', ancient European and German 'Hedgehog' folklore, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.

May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum star
May 1st and it's 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing Into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches join in the festivities and continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions and dancing lasting deep into the night.

Oberammergau Passion Play star
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 star
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" then Schultuete, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.

Schultueten and the First Day of School star
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 in Germany star
Many of Germany's festivities for Sommer-Sonnenwende, Summer Solstice, and Johannisnacht, Midsummer Night, were mystical Pagan and pre-Christian festivals, and fire still has an important role in celebrating the triumph of sun and light over cold and darkness.

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