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Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, Dried Plum Boys, were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, Dried Plum Girls, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts. Good Luck symbols given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings, here is the story and easy DIY "How To" guide.
German New Year Tradition, Bleigießen
It was a quirky way of telling the future. Melting heavy metal, dropping it in water and divining the future from shapes made. "Bleigießen" is a favorite New Year tradition in German speaking countries and more "eco-friendly" these days. Here's a version to try, with over 100 interpretations.
Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5, Twelfth Night, is followed by "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day. Epiphany, and in Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and ending to Christmas celebrations, are a mix of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
Three Kings Day Cake Recipe
Dreikönigstag, Epiphany, brings an end to the Christmas season. In many regions of Germany, and German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" for whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany
New Year's Eve in Germany. German New Year's Traditions: old, new, some based on customs from a pagan past and all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. It is "Silvester", and here is how it is celebrated in Germany.
Lucky Chimney Sweeps, Germany's Schornsteinfeger
Tradition and superstition surround Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including Germany where the traditions of "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or chocolate, they are a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.
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