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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. The Bird's Wedding, Vogelhochzeit - SorbTradition
An ancient January tradition in the Sorbian Lusatia region of eastern Germany. Children in traditional Sorbian costumes are the 'Bridal Couple', and the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven, the guests often different 'birds'. It's the 'Bird's Wedding', Vogelhochzeit.
2. Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, Spring and New Year held no promises.
3. Birthdays in Germany
It is not a good idea to wish a German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, one minute after midnight but not before, while someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
4. Cologne Cathedral
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. When construction began the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but it wasn't finished until 1880, in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.
5. Germany's Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is a magical journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm, through medieval villages, unspoiled nature and stunning views to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas, myths and legends.
6. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients. A year-round German favorite it originated in Alsace, an area of Europe which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
7. Two of Germany's Offbeat Museums
The Potato Museum and The Medieval Crime Museum are two of many unusual museums in Germany's huge, and comprehensive, museum collection, covering everything from classical antiquities and priceless treasures, chocolate, ships and composers Bach through Wagner, to Zeppelins.
8. 'Frugal Fashionista' Chic Behind The Berlin Wall
Fashion was inseparable from politics in former East Germany, with a one style fits all mentality. A sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine supplying dreams as well as patterns, made possible a world of individuality and escape from every day grayness.
9. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a deserved reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries. In fact house cleaning companies across the globe advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". And even in the "laid back" 21st century this image is reflected in life.
10. German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922 as fruit gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company, their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.
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