Germany's Garden Colonies, Schrebergarten
The minute spring's first rays of sunshine appear it's gardening time. And the "garden" can also be a balcony container, or a Schrebergarten. Little rented plots on a city's edge, or even in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes, the pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.
Father's Day in Germany
Father’s Day in Germany. A "moveable feast" holiday linked to Ascension Day it changes each year, while for those who are new to it the first experience can come as a bit of a shock, as a variable date is not the only way the celebration differs from other countries.
German Wedding Traditions
Germany's different regions follow many of their own traditional, sometimes unusual, wedding customs, but throughout the country May is the most popular month to get married. Age old traditions begin weeks before the ceremony and celebrations can last for days.
Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff is the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine makes May Punch, Maibowle, a favorite May time beverage in Germany which joins the months other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.
White Asparagus Season in Germany
"Spargelzeit", the springtime "white asparagus" madness which sweeps over Germany, a first symbol of spring. A brief season, "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When the cherries are red the asparagus is dead", beginning around mid-April ending June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist.
May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st means 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30 when witches were believed to join the festivities, and continues with May Day Maypoles, dancing and traditions that last until deep into the night.
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