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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
Halloween has appeared in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" from pagan times have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are found on some streets, but it is a limited celebration alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.
2. 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.
3. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
4. Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, however its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
5. German Beer, Fast Facts
Beer in Germany has its own day, "Tag des Deutschen Bieres", it's known as 'Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, and is 'Food' in Bavaria but just enjoyed elsewhere. There are over 1,300 breweries and 5,000 varieties that Mark Twain described as "As Different as Hens in a Farmyard". Germany's Beer.
6. 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.
7. Streetwise German - German Idioms
'Alles in gruenen Bereich' - Everything in the green area, means 'Everything is under control', not that there's an area in varied shades of green. Heard every day in Germany it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.
8. The German American Experience
Perhaps because German Americans stem from a mixed community that settled in the USA over a wide span of time, they assimilated quickly into their new homeland, and using their skills, discipline and different talents, household names or unknown, they had an enormous influence on American society.
9. Germany and its Cheese Culture
From the North Sea to Allgaeu, Germany's "foodie" favorite, Cheese, is produced in small mountainside farms and industrial dairies across the country. With hundreds of regional specialties and national varieties that range from mild and buttery to spicy, highly flavored and less than fragrant.
10. The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.
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