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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. Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition, "Good Luck" charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church but also great decorations for Easter. With "How To".
3. When Spring Comes to 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
The ancient practice of decorating eggs, to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, is popular in German speaking countries, while eggs are also decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year. Here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.
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. 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.
9. Lent, Medieval Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes ensured a Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord, an over sized ravioli.
10. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes with each change of season. Throughout the year, including winter months, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere in Germany. From door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes to trailing down from apartment block balconies.
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