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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!

1. Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day in Germany
Germany's castles might have real "Ghosts", and Witches, "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned. But centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions are as much a part of the season's culture as ever; despite recently introduced "Halloween" and its plastic skeletons.

2. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergarten, nature's preschool for children where class room walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. A system of education that began in 19th century Germany, and has become increasingly popular throughout the country where schools have long waiting lists.

3. Day of German Unity
German Unity Day, Tag der Deutsche Einheit. Commemorating the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, officially becoming part of the Federal Republic of Germany on October 3, 1990; after 40 years, 1949 - 1989, as a separate "second" Germany. At look back in time at how the event unfolded.

4. Pumpkin Potato Reibekuchen Recipe
Pumpkin left and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Fritters, traditional German "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, uses any extra pumpkin but also becomes a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

5. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.

6. Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many 'inventions'. They are the Gnomes who disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

7. St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to Sankt Martinstag. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, singing, a "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor the day often ends with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose with all the trimmings.

8. Germany's Unique Theme Routes
Ever since the Romans swept in with their Asparagus, Chestnuts and Baths, the German speaking lands have been a playground not only a battlefield, and the "Theme Routes" that crisscross the country show its amazing legacy from both nature and history.

9. Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany, Recipes
In communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, so for a "Flash into the Past" here is a taste of East Germany.

10. East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be a rather complicated experience in pre-unified Germany. Especially if there was only one person but two accompanying passports together with a large camera carry bag that had been loaned out and returned filled with foreign currency.

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