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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. Lent, Monks and their Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes made sure a Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks, but their traditions, and Fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls. Including "Herrgottsbescheisserle" those "Little Cheaters of the Lord", an over sized ravioli.
2. German Bread - Fast Facts
Germany is a "Bread Paradise". With over 3050 registered varieties, almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch. While bread rolls go under so many different names in the various regions it is easier simply to point.
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 saved for celebrations or Sundays, now it's a traditional "cold weather" dinner choice.
4. Groundhog Day, Hedgehogs and Candlemas
Groundhog Day - a million dollar industry with Punxsutawney Phil the "forecasting" groundhog etc., but its origins are a mixture of ancient European and German "Hedgehog" folklore, "Candlemas" a Christian festival, the weather, and pagan traditions surrounding February 2.
5. Bird's Wedding, a Children's Tradition in Sorbia
The unique "Bird's Wedding" is a January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Dressed in miniature wedding costumes, the bride is a Magpie, her groom a Raven, or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird, and everyone from guests to the chaplain are colorful "Birds".
6. Carnival in Cologne, Women's Thursday
Carnival in Germany began with masked Teutons creating chaos to frighten away winter's evil spirits. Now the Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfastnacht in Rhineland, when Karneval Wieber (women) cause havoc, take over City Halls and leave no necktie safe from their jumbo scissors.
7. Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Der Käseigel, a Cheese Hedgehog, the "Retro" party snackc from Germany. The ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, it's enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.
8. Make A First Grader's Schultüte, School Cone
First graders in Germany begin their first school day with large, colorful, gift and candy filled School Cones. A custom that began in the early 19th century, these Schultüten are as popular as ever and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family and friends.
9. Streetwise German - Some German Idioms
"Alles in grünen Bereich" - Everything in the green area. No it doesn't mean an area/building in varied shades of green, but that "Everything is under control...it is OK". One of many German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, have shaped the language, and are heard every day.
10. Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, the special German gingerbread, and whatever you create with this recipe it will 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.
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