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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. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, with regular Cleaning Attacks, "Putzanfall", common and even "enjoyable". Cleaning companies across the globe advertise as "German House Cleaning", an image reflected in real life even in the laid back 21st century.

2. Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
An Easter Tradition, delicious and easy to make: "Struwen", fried yeast pancakes. They are enjoyed throughout the year these days, but for generations Struwen were a Lenten Fast tradition in Muensterland, Nordrhein-Westphalia, and were eaten only during the Fast and especially on Good Friday.

3. German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
Alongside the religious background, the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, also star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. The mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, make the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

4. 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, then any herbs left are used on Easter Sunday in "Eggs with Frankfurter Green Sauce".

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany, Recipes
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana was to be seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, and here is a "Taste of East Germany".

8. White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist. "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When cherries are red the asparagus is dead".

9. Easter in Germany - Customs and Traditions
Easter in Germany is a mass of color with painted eggs and chocolate rabbits playing their part. Palm Sunday with its decorative Palm Bouquets begins "Karwoche", Holy Week, and is followed by many religious, secular and folk traditions and customs around the days of remembrance and festivity.

10. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" for window boxes with each change of season in Germany. Throughout the year, including winter, there are colorful plant filled containers everywhere. From door stoops and window ledges in old narrow lanes to trailing down from apartment block balconies.



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