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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. Germany's Cheese Culture - Smile and Say...
From the North Sea to Allg?u, Germany's "Foodie" favorite, Cheese, is produced countrywide everywhere from small mountainside farms to industrial dairies. Hundreds of regional specialties and national varieties range from mild and buttery to spicy, highly flavored and less than fragrant.
2. German Wedding Traditions
May is "THE" month to marry in Germany, with the country's different regions having many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions can begin weeks before the wedding, with the festivities than lasting for days.
3. White Asparagus Season in Germany - Spargelzeit
It is like a brief, intense, "madness" that sweeps through Germany. Spargelzeit...springtime's White Asparagus season. The first, and delicious, symbol of spring, its season begins around mid-April and ends on June 24. Feast day of St. John the Baptist.
4. Germany Facts - Life Behind the Beer and Sausages
Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy and Europe's industrial powerhouse, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoiled nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety. And a complex history.
5. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
"Putz anfallen", the German speaking world's love of cleaning and tidying everything in sight, shows no sign of ending. Those "cleaning attacks", necessary or not, day or night and at any time of year, are an "enjoyable", even compulsive, pastime...with rules and traditions of course.
6. Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Garden gnomes are as much a part of Germany as Bratwurst and Fussball/soccer. They disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting Germany's gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.
7. Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. Two delicious German specialties that appear during Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.
8. Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff is the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A brief season but it's a favorite drink in Germany, and traditional addition to all the festivities and customs that belong to early spring and the first warm days and evenings of summer.
9. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A wonderful sight, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies, down historic buildings and ancient farmhouse walls.
10. Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
May enters with some weird and wonderful traditions in many regions of Germany, and the fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, when "Witches" join the festivities late on April 30. "Tanz in den Mai", dancing the night away until maypoles and day-drinking welcome May and Spring.
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