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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. Palm Bouquets, a Palm Sunday tradition in Germany
Palm Bouquets are a 10th century German Easter tradition, "Good Luck" charms kept until Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Colorfully decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions to be blessed in church but also great decorations for Easter. With "How To".
2. Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, also known as Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a "Kultgebaeck". A cult baked good that, like many things, probably originated in a medieval German monastery. They were once something to look forward to during church holidays and festivals but now are enjoyed the whole year.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Lent, Medieval Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe
Special beers and secret recipes ensured a Lenten Fast was never all about deprivation for German monks. Their traditions, and fast breaking recipes, soon spread outside monastery walls, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord, an over sized ravioli.
6. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany's reputation as one of the world's best kept and well ordered countries is well deserved, and across the globe house cleaning companies advertise themselves as offering "German House Cleaning". Even in the "laid back" 21st century it is an image reflected in "real life".
7. Easter in Germany - Eggs and Easter Trees
An Easter without eggs is hard to imagine, and in Germany from Easter Trees and Easter Fountains to Easter Sunday's Egg Hunts and Breakfast Table, eggs of one type or another still play a starring role in the country's Easter celebrations.
8. 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.
9. 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".
10. Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
The ancient practice of decorating eggs, to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, is popular in German speaking countries, while they are also decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year. Here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.
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