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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. Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Originally an Easter Tradition, delicious and easy to make "Struwen" are fried yeast pancakes. Enjoyed throughout the year now, but for generations Struwen were a Lenten Fast tradition in Muensterland, Nordrhein-Westphalia; eaten only during the Fast, and especially on Good Friday.
2. Father's Day in Germany
That first experience of a German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so it changes each year, the variable date is not the only way celebrating "Fathers" in Germany differs from a "Father's Day" in other countries.
3. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
4. May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
In many of Germany's regions May 1 means time to "Tanz in den Mai". Dance Into May. It begins with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30 when witches join in the festivities; continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions, celebrations and dancing deep into the night.
5. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for window boxes with each change of season in Germany. Year round colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. Sometimes a bizarre mixture, but a joy to behold on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.
6. Truemmerfrauen, Germany's Post War Heroines
The foundations for a "New Germany" were laid by its "Truemmerfrauen", Rubble Women. Aged from 15 to 50 and often hungry, they were post war Germany's heroines. With bare hands, and hard work, they cleared the rubble from the streets and buildings of their war torn cities.
7. Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff - the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A favorite drink in Germany and traditional addition to the month's other festivities and customs. Its season is brief but perfect for those first warm spring and summer evenings.
8. German Wedding Traditions
Germany's regions have many of their own, sometimes "unusual", wedding traditions; although May is the most popular month to marry throughout the country. Preparations and traditions surrounding a ceremony begin weeks before it takes place, and the festivities can last for days.
9. Pfingsten, Pentecost - Whitsun in Germany
A Christian festival that began with Palm Sunday and Easter ends with Pentecost; in German speaking regions with a mix of secular, religious and pre-Christian traditions. From devotional processions and services, to decorated oxen, villagers covered in birch branches and "Wickedness Night".
10. Birthdays in Germany
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
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