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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. Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
It's "Oktoberfest" although most of it takes place in September, an "Angel" on hiatus from heaven attends every year, one Mayor opened it shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped); and that was before any beer was consumed. Oktoberfest Fun Facts.
2. How to Make a Schultüte, Candy Cone
For Germany's first graders a Candy Cone filled with small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultüte are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
3. Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries simple "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany. Now it is a "fruit salad with a difference" and menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.
4. St. Martin's and Halloween Children's Lanterns
Making and carrying lanterns are something of a favorite pastime for children in Germany, and these safer versions of lamps are fun to make as well as practical for everything from Halloween, St. Martins and New Year, to those "any occasion will do" celebrations.
5. Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape soda but is young wine with a strong "kick" and short season. Although its traditional harvest time accompaniments, rich onion pie, "Zwiebelkuchen", and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
6. St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to Sankt Martinstag. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, singing, a "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor the day often ends with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose with all the trimmings.
7. Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottoes are an unmissable part of its calorific food, and a 'sweet' accompaniment to 'Wiesn-Mass', Oktoberfest beer.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Schultüten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls", then Schultüte, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.
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