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Here are the top ten articles for the German Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5, Twelfth Night, is followed by "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day. Epiphany, and in Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and ending to Christmas celebrations, are a mix of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
2. Three Kings Day Cake Recipe
Dreikönigstag, Epiphany, brings an end to the Christmas season. In many regions of Germany, and German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" for whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
3. Beef Rouladen, German Braised Beef Rolls Recipe
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rouladen"; thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious German classic, once it was saved for celebrations or Sundays but now it's a traditional "cold weather" dinner choice.
4. Lucky Chimney Sweeps, Germany's Schornsteinfeger
Tradition and superstition surround Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including Germany where the traditions of "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or chocolate, they are a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.
5. German New Year Tradition, Bleigießen
It was a quirky way of telling the future. Melting heavy metal, dropping it in water and divining the future from shapes made. "Bleigießen" is a favorite New Year tradition in German speaking countries and more "eco-friendly" these days. Here's a version to try, with over 100 interpretations.
6. Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmaennla, Dried Plum Boys, were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, Dried Plum Girls, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts. Good Luck symbols given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings, here is the story and easy DIY "How To" guide.
7. Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious. Anything from spicy ginger cookies, Oktoberfest or Valentine's Day Hearts, Witches' Cottages and Gingerbread Men, to Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations or aromatic Lanterns.
8. Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany
New Year's Eve in Germany. German New Year's Traditions: old, new, some based on customs from a pagan past and all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. It is "Silvester", and here is how it is celebrated in Germany.
9. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Every change of season means "Makeover Time" for Germany's window boxes. Carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A bizarre mixture sometimes but wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
10. Germany's Fairy Tale Road
By bicycle, car, or of course with seven league boots, the Fairy Tale Road in Germany is a magical journey in the footsteps of Brothers Grimm. Through medieval villages, unspoiled nature and stunning views to a castle filled world of fantasy, sagas, myths and legends.
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