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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!

1. German Bread - Fast Facts
Germany is a "Bread Paradise". With over 3050 registered varieties, almost all available types of grain 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 just to point.

2. Wedding Traditions in Germany
May is "THE" month to marry in Germany, with the country's different regions having many of their own, often "eccentric", wedding customs. Traditions can begin weeks before the wedding, with the festivities than lasting for days.

3. Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany commemorates all who died, were left to mourn, or are victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. Military, civilian, of all nationalities. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.

4. Germany Facts - Life Behind the Beer and Sausages
Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy and Europe's industrial powerhouse, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoiled nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety. And a complex history.

5. HARIBO Gummi Bears, Germany's Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922, as fruit gummi Dancing Bears in a small German confectionery company; based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Today they are a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", used for couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.

6. Germany's Garden Gnomes, Gartenzwerge
They disappear in the fall, re-appear with spring and spend summer protecting Germany's gardens. Garden gnomes are as much a part of Germany as Bratwurst and Fussball/soccer. Kitsch, folklore, good luck symbols, and for a protector about as far from frightening as it is possible to be.

7. Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day in Germany
It is said German castles have real Ghosts, and Witches, Forest Goddesses of pagan times, have never really gone away, but the centuries old All Saints and All Souls Day traditions are as much a part of the season's culture as ever. Despite recently introduced Halloween with its plastic skeletons.

8. St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Candle lit lantern processions, Martinstag, and the Legend of St. Martin. Germany's children bring light and music to a November 11 in Germany, St. Martin's Day. Singing, "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire, church services in his honor, and Martinsgans for supper. But who was St. Martin?

9. Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. A wonderful sight, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies, down historic buildings and ancient farmhouse walls.

10. Birthdays in Germany, the Do's and Don'ts
Birthday celebrations in Germany are "different". Imagine being expected to take everyone out for dinner on your own birthday. And never wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not even a second before.

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