Germans To Once Again Take To The Streets This Weekend In Easter Peace Marches

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

A fairly unknown tradition takes place in Germany every Easter weekend in which thousands of people in cities all across the country take to the streets to march in the name of global peace. Known as the “Easter Peace Marches”, activists come out to promote peace, urging for an end …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Online Advent Calendar By German Embassy Goes Live

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Now that Thanksgiving has past, it is time for the holiday season to get underway.  Of course people and stores have gotten into the holiday spirit before Thanksgiving, but one thing that holds off every year is the longtime tradition of the advent calendar. The advent calendar has been a …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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The Origin on May Day and Why The US Chooses To Celebrate It In September

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Labor Day, or sometimes referred to as May Day or May First, is celebrated on the 1st of May in over 80 counties, including Germany, but we’ve often wondered why the US chooses not to use this worldwide date? May Day originated in North America as a rebellious spirit, spurred …

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Celebrating Easter in Germany

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

After a long winter, Easter in Germany for many families is the first time to celebrate outdoors. A variety of traditions and customs provide fun activities surrounding Easter… the greatest feast of Christianity. The Easter festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Easter …

Photo by April Griffus via flickr

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Advent Wreaths and Advent in Germany

By Francine McKenna on Email

The enchantment of Christmas is everywhere during a German Advent and Weihnachten. There is commercial hype, although it is minimal.  These days the traditional seasonal specialties Stollen and Lebkuchen do begin to appear in the stores by October, however the deeply entrenched Christmas traditions, both religious and secular, attached to the celebration of Advent means it is a …

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Celebrating Birthdays the German Way

By Francine McKenna on Email

There is a rule one has to know when a birthday is being celebrated in Germany. Do not under any circumstances give the birthday celebrant his or her greeting even a minute before “THE” day has arrived.  Even if you know you will not see the Geburtstagkind, “birthday child”, on the actual day, …

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Schultueten and the First Day of School

By Francine McKenna on Email

To minimise the spectre of kilometre long traffic queues together with overcrowded everything else during the peak summer holiday season, German school holidays are spread out, so in the separate Laender, federal states, kids are “school free” during different times, ranging from end June to beginning August for Bremen and Saxony for example, to …

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Easter Time in Germany

By Corinna Bienger on Email

One legend about Easter, I was told when I was a child, is that on Good Friday all church bells fly to Rome and come back on Easter Sunday, explaining why the bells don’t chime before Sunday. When I think of the Easter weekend today, the image that comes into …

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Easter in Germany – The Rabbit, Egg and Ostara

By Francine McKenna on Email

Easter in Germany, Ostern in Deutschland, and a special Easter Bunny joins St. Nicholas and Santa Claus as a holiday gift giver in Germany, Hanni Hase, ‘Hanni Hare’, who for a few weeks every year is inundated with letters sent by children from all over the world. All mailed to Ostereistedt, Easter Egg Town, his …

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Easter in German Speaking Europe

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

The Easter celebration goes back to the earliest days of the Christian church, but the date of this festivity has been controversial from the very beginning. Even the origin of the name of the most important celebration in the Christian calendar is unclear. The origins of the German Easter traditions …

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