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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. Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.
2. The Rhine River In Flames Festival
Rhein in Flammen is a unique and spectacular annual 'Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival'. It begins in May, takes place on five spring, summer and autumn days along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River, and each of the displays has a different theme.
3. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for window boxes with each change of season in Germany. Throughout the year, including winter, there are colorful plant filled containers everywhere. From door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes to trailing down from apartment block balconies.
4. German Beer, Fast Facts
German beer has "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" in April; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; the smallest region usually has its own brewery; beer is cheaper than some mineral waters and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's Beer.
5. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.
6. Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
Gartenzwerg are another of Germany's many 'inventions'. They are the Gnomes who disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting German gardens. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.
7. Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
A cough? Then out come onions, garlic and honey, for arthritis - chili. For centuries German speaking countries have used herbs, plants, vegetables and nature to make folk medicines, effective remedies. In combination with conventional equivalents, natural medicine is as relevant today as ever.
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. "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When cherries are red the asparagus is dead".
9. May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st and it's 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing Into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches join in the festivities and continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions and dancing lasting deep into the night.
10. Spring in Germany
Fruehling, Spring in Germany. Tables and chairs begin to appear outside Cafe's and Beer Gardens whatever the weather, while Festivals, Cultural Events, Flowers, Outdoor Sports, together with age old springtime traditions, take over the country. All it needs is that first sign of Spring.
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