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December 29 2011 German Culture Newsletter

It is 'der Jahreswechsel', The Change of the Year, and here's the 'latest' from German Culture at BellaOnline.


'Sylvester', Germany's New Years Eve, is a mixture of ancient and relatively modern traditions, much of which are based on customs that first began in the country's pagan past. All the New Year celebrations, from noise to fire, are designed to ensure that the year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one.

And here are the instructions for one of the age old New Year traditions mentioned in the article:


It is a quirky way of trying the tell the future, melting a heavy metal, dropping it into water and divining the future from the shape it makes. Originating in antiquity it remains a favourite amongst the German New Year traditions, and now many use an 'eco-friendly' version, and here are all the details.

I wish you 'einen guten Rutsch ins Neujahr' - a good slide into the New Year



for 2012

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Francine McKenna,
German Culture Editor

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