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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. 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 year-round German favorite it originated in Alsace, an area of Europe which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
2. 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.
3. May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st means 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30 when witches were believed to join the festivities, and continues with May Day Maypoles, dancing and traditions that last until deep into the night.
4. German Wedding Traditions
Germany's different regions follow many of their own traditional, sometimes unusual, wedding customs, but throughout the country May is the most popular month to get married. Age old traditions begin weeks before the ceremony and celebrations can last for days.
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. 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.
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. The Rhine River In Flames
Rhein in Flammen, a unique and spectacular annual 'Fire, Water, Light and Culture Festival', begins in May, taking place along a beautiful, historic stretch of Germany's Rhine River for five days, during the spring, summer and autumn. Each display celebrating a different theme.
9. Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Throughout Europe Chimney Sweeps are surrounded by tradition and superstition, including in Germany where both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger, in their black gold buttoned suits and top hats, are rooted far in the past.
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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