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Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a deserved reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, and the universal and regular "cleaning of everything in sight" has a name - Putzanfall. It is so much a passion that it's considered enjoyable, and if everything doesn't "sparkle" it can lead to anxiety and tension.

Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes. Carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A bizarre mixture sometimes but wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.

Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so changing each year, the variable date is not the only way it differs from "Father's Day" in other countries.

White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist.

Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
It is "Dance into May", Tanz in den Mai", in many of Germany's regions. The fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, late on April 30 when "Witches" join the festivities. Maypoles, ancient traditions and dancing deep into the first night of May then welcome Spring.

Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergärten are nature's preschool for children where, whatever the weather, classroom walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. Based on a system from the 19th century Germany, forest schools are favorites with children and parents, so there are long waiting lists.


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