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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. Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.
2. Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs for Easter has been tradition in German speaking countries for centuries, and they are used to decorate everything from houses and gardens to wells and fountains. Found ready decorated at all Easter Markets, Ostermaerkte, it is still the custom, and much more fun, to color your own.
3. Easter in Germany - Easter Recipes
Thursday before Easter is 'Green Thursday' in Germany. Gruendonnerstag when traditionally meals for the day are 'Green' with 'Green Bean Soup' and 'Seven Herb Soup' among the most popular recipes, while any herbs left are used in 'Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce' on Easter Sunday.
4. Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
The ancient practice of ornately decorating eggs, to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, is still going strong, but in German speaking countries eggs are decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year also. A 'how to' with a few ideas.
5. Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color, where decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits play their part in the celebrations, but from Palm Sunday onwards there are many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.
6. Monk's Chicken, 13th Lent Century Recipe
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the 'Fish not Fowl' Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.
7. White Asparagus Season in Germany
"Spargelzeit", the springtime "white asparagus" madness which sweeps over Germany, a first symbol of spring. A brief season, "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When the cherries are red the asparagus is dead", beginning around mid-April ending June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist.
8. Pentecost and Corpus Christi
The Christian festival began with Palm Sunday and Easter and ends with Pentecost and Corpus Christi, celebrated in German speaking areas with a colorful mix of religious, secular and pre-Christian traditions, ranging from devotional processions to decorated oxen.
9. German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
The Egg, the Hare and Ostara are interwoven in Germany’s Easter celebrations. It is a mixture of History, Easter symbols, Pagan and Christian tradition, and of course now with the addition of all those chocolate eggs and rabbits.
10. Palm Sunday and Palmbuschen in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition. Good Luck charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Easter Fires, the colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers are carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church, but make great decorations. With a 'How To'.
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