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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. 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.
2. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany has a reputation as being one of the best kept and well ordered countries around. 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.
3. German Drinks, Elderflower Syrup Recipe
Used for everything from a topping for ice cream to a 'cure' for arthritis in Germany, 'Elderflower Cordial', also known as Elderflower Syrup, is fragrant, refreshing, easy to make and comes from the elder shrub found in the wild almost everywhere.
4. Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.
5. 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.
6. 15 Fast Facts about German Music
Germany has a spirited music scene ranging from classical to techno and pop, one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost one million students at state music schools, and one of its most popular singers has a continuing live show hit with a song sung in praise of a grilled sausage.
7. Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. Two delicious German recipes for Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.
8. Spring in Germany
Fruehling: Whatever the weather tables and chairs suddenly appear outside Germany's Cafe's and Beer Gardens, while Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports and age old springtime traditions take over the country.
9. Germany's East Friesland Tea Ceremony
Across Germany coffee is more popular than beer, except for the coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland in northwest of Germany. There the number one beverage is tea, a Frisian Blend with a special tea ceremony, and anyone who prefers coffee is known as a 'Koffjenoese', a coffee nose.
10. 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 German favorite it originated in Alsace, an area of Europe which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
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