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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. Bird's Wedding, a Children's Tradition in Sorbia
It is a unique January tradition for young children in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany...the "Bird's Wedding". They wear miniature wedding costumes, the bride a Magpie her groom a Raven or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird, and everyone from guests to the chaplain are also "Birds".

3. Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He made his first performance tours at six, wrote a first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an inspired billiards player, spoke 15 languages, a popular marzipan candy is named after him...and there's more.

4. Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, New Year and Spring held no promises.

5. Frankfurter Green Herb Sauce Recipe
The traditional season for Frankfurter Grüne Soße begins on Holy (Green) Thursday, the day before Good Friday, and continues until the first frost in Autumn. It is a delicious cold green fresh herb sauce, which is spicy, creamy and full of good things. Here is a great recipe for you.

6. Germany and its Storks
They are "Harbingers of Spring", bringers of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a theme route. Storks...high on the list of Germany's favorite wildlife, it's "celebration time" when they return to their nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops and chimneys, after wintering in warmer climates.

7. Easter in Germany - Palm Bouquets for Palm Sunday
Palm Bouquets, a 10th century German Easter tradition, are Good Luck charms. Made with decorated twigs, herbs and flowers, carried in Palm Sunday processions and blessed in church, then kept for luck or decoration until next Ash Wednesday or added to Easter Sunday Fires. Their story and "How To".

8. Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe
Bavarian Donuts, known as Auszogne or Knieküchle, are a "Kultgebaeck", and like many things, their origins were probably in a medieval German monastery. Once a treat to look forward to during church holidays and festivals, now they are enjoyed throughout the year.

9. Johann Sebastian Bach - Composer
German born Johann Sebastian Bach, last Baroque era composer and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Known as a gifted organist during his lifetime, his more than one thousand works had to wait until the 19th century to be "rescued" and their enduring appeal appreciated.

10. Struwen, Germany's Fried Yeast Pancake Recipe
Originally an Easter Tradition, Struwen are delicious, and easy to make, fried yeast pancakes now enjoyed throughout the year. For generations they were a Lenten Fast tradition in Munsterland, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and eaten only during the Fast, especially on Good Friday.

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