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Bird's Wedding, a Children's Tradition in Sorbia
The unique "Bird's Wedding" is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven, or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird, and everyone from guests to the chaplain are colorful "Birds".

Streetwise German - Some German Idioms
"Alles in grünen Bereich" - Everything in the green area. No it doesn't mean an area/building in varied shades of green, but that "Everything is under control...it is OK". One of many German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, have shaped the language, and are heard every day.

Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with masked Teutons creating chaos to frighten away winter's evil spirits. Now the Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in Rhineland, when Karneval Wieber (women) cause havoc, take over City Halls and leave no necktie safe from their jumbo scissors.

Sophie Scholl and The White Rose
Executed for treason at 21, Sophie Scholl was a leader of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group of Munich University students. One of many Germans who did not support the Nazi regime. Executed with her brother Hans and friend and fellow White Rose member Christoph Probst, February 1943.

Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure a Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks, but their traditions, and Fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls. Including "Herrgottsbescheisserle" those "Little Cheaters of the Lord", an over sized ravioli.

German Carnival...Karneval, Fasching and Fastnacht
Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasching, Germany's Mardi Gras. Different regions, different names and traditions as "The Fifth and Foolish Season" takes over city streets with "Crazy, Zany, Küsschen, Kater und Krapfen". Not enjoyed by everyone so Karnevalsmuffel, Carnival Grouchers, head for the hills.


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