Easter Celebrations and Traditions in Germany

Easter is a major holiday in Germany as well as neighboring German-speaking countries. As the days are getting warmer and longer; one cannot help but realize yellow daffodils, crocuses and clay bunnies decorating households –even streets and shopping malls. Easter is not only an important religious holiday but also a family holiday and thus celebrated accordingly. It is mainly to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. After a cold and long winter, Easter heralds the coming of much-anticipated spring. There is a range of Easter customs and traditions that have spread to other parts of the world as well. Read this post to learn more all about Easter in Germany! Weiterlesen

Traditionelles Gebäck: Leckere Fasnachtsküchle

Die Fasnachtsküchle backt man traditionell am „Schmotzigen Donnerstag“, an dem die schwäbisch-alemannische Fasnacht beginnt. Das Wort „schmotzig“ bedeutet „fettig“, denn an diesem Tag werden vor den Fastenwochen sämtliche kalorienreiche Lebensmittel wie Butter und Eier aufgebraucht, um Fettgebackenes daraus herzustellen. Viel Spaß beim Nachbacken und anschließendem Verzehren! Weiterlesen

Is it Santa? Is it Father Christmas? No, It is Saint Nikolaus!

It is the season of the abundance for old, white-bearded men dressed in red outfits. But who is who? It is a bit confusing if you are unfamiliar with these traditions. On every 6th of December in Germany, children (they are the ones who receive gifts) celebrate the Nikolaus Day. So, Nikolaus arrives before Father Christmas. If you have ever wondered who is St. Nikolaus and what some traditions are related to this day, wonder no more! Weiterlesen