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donut-3081959_1920 Fashings Krapfen

The ubiquitous food of Carnival season is donuts (in German: “Krapfen”). You can expect to see donuts piled high in the bakers and be offered them every day throughout the next month by colleagues and friends. The donuts come in all varieties, glazed with sugar, chocolate or icing containing sweets such as vanilla, marmalade, or chocolate. If you’re on the Atkin’s diet, tough luck!

Carnival season donuts (in German: “Krapfen”) 1 Krapfen (60 g):Carbohydrate: 27,4 g

Krapfen is the equivalent of the American doughnut or the British/Australian pancake traditionally eaten during Shrove Tuesday. They are called Krapfen, Berliner Pfannkuchen or just Berliner in Germany.

They are a pastry of yeast dough fried in either fat or oil. Krapfen are dusted with sugar or iced. They are usually injected with a multi fruit jam or custard filling after being cooked. In the last years they have even strayed from the traditional ones to liquor filled chocolate covered treasures. They are so tasty they’ll make even strict adults want to scarf a dozen in one sitting.

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Valentinstag (14. Februar)

Though celebrating Valentine’s Day has only become popular within the last few decades in Germany, there are several traditions the Germans have taken on whole-heartedly. This includes giving cards, sweet treats and flowers to their loved ones on this special day.

The origins of both the man known as Valentinus and the celebration itself are obscure. Little is known about the Roman (or Romans) who may have been a bishop in Terni or a priest in Rome. Although several legends have arisen around the Christian martyr Valentinus, there is no historical evidence that connects him to lovers or today’s Feb. 14 Valentine celebration. As in the case of other Christian celebrations, Valentine’s Day is more likely based on the pagan Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia that took place in mid-February. The Lupercalia only ended in 495 when it was banned by the pope.

heart-3109932_1920Contrary to popular belief, Germans are actually quite romantic; especially when it comes to a world love fest day like Valentine’s Day.
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n Germany, it is customary to express love and affection all the time, many Germans still give items that could be considered romantic on Feb. 14th

Red is considered as the color of love from ancient times. As people celebrate Valentine’s Day with red rose’s bouquets worldwide, so does Germany. In Germany it has become a ritual for the young men who were courting to gift his beloved flowers on Valentine’s Day. This ancient symbol of love still has an impact on the teenagers of today’s age too.

Unlike countries like United Sates of America and United Kingdom, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a mature people’s festival in Germany. No cool little boy gives pink little heart shaped cards to his girlfriend in school.

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I know a lot of people know the sirens from back home, being used for Tornado alarms or wildfires.We too use sirens, but not just for bad weather. So here are the common uses and signals for the German sirens, you really only have to worry about the first one, that’s the warning for imminent Danger! Description:Warning of Imminent Danger:

I know a lot of people know the sirens from back home, being used for Tornado alarms or wildfires.

We too use sirens, but not just for bad weather.

So here are the common uses and signals for the German sirens, you really only have to worry about the first one, that’s the warning for imminent Danger!

 

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Warning of Imminent Danger:

1 Minute howl changing between upper and lower sounds
also known as ABC Alarm

  • in case of an attack of atomic (nuclear) biological or chemical nature
  • extreme weather like storm
  • flooding
  • any other big catastrophe Read More
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FaschingIf you are new to Germany and have stopped at a German store lately , you may have wondered if they had a sale out on Halloween stuff.

Sorry to disappoint the bargain hunter in you, but fasching season is here !

Often considered the 5th season here in Germany , Fasching is one of the biggest celebrations here. With big parades and public parties everywhere towards the finale on Ash Wednesday.

So be sure to be ready for the “narrischen Tage” the crazy days here in Germany. Be sure to plan in  to visit some of the parades or take your little ones to one of the many local kids fasching parties.

I will do my best here to keep you up to speed on all the customs and how to’s

Stay tunes and

Helau!!

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(Heilige Drei Konige ‘January 6th’)

Holiday only in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt

Stern Singer

Epiphany (known as the Holy Three Kings in German) is the end of our famous “12 Days of Christmas,” which begins on December 25th and ends on January 6th.  Germans traditionally take their Christmas tree down on Epiphany and the customs of the Star Singers continues in this part of Germany.

Reminiscent of the wise men’s travels, children dressed as the three kings go caroling from door to door, collection donations for charities of the church or the Third World.  They then chalk the initials of the three kings- C&M&B (Casper, Melchior and Balthazar)- plus the new year over the doorway to bless or protect the home.  The three letters also stand for the Latin phrase “Christ bless this house” – Christus mansion benedicat.  It is common to give the children sweets, in addition to a charitable donation.

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