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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. Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
It is "Dance into May", Tanz in den Mai", in many of Germany's regions. The fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, late on April 30 when "Witches" join the festivities. Maypoles, ancient traditions and dancing deep into the first night of May then welcome Spring.
2. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergärten are nature's preschool for children where, whatever the weather, classroom walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. Based on a system from the 19th century Germany, forest schools are favorites with children and parents, so there are long waiting lists.
3. German Bread - Fast Facts
With over 3050 registered varieties, Germany is a "Bread Paradise". Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the regions it is easier to just point. Fast Facts.
4. Cuckoo Clocks And Germany's Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks originated in Germany's Black Forest, not Switzerland; an invention using the time, and profiting from, snow filled winter months. Schwarzwald, filled with tradition, unspoiled scenery, Roman health resorts and a fascinating Clock Route.
5. Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so changing each year, the variable date is not the only way it differs from "Father's Day" in other countries.
6. Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany with 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.
7. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a deserved reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, and the universal and regular "cleaning of everything in sight" has a name - Putzanfall. It is so much a passion that it's considered enjoyable, and if everything doesn't "sparkle" it can lead to anxiety and tension.
8. White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist.
9. Pentecost Traditions in Today's Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost, which in German speaking regions is a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".
10. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes. Carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A bizarre mixture sometimes but wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
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