“Lederhosen”, “Trachten” and “Dirndl”. The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA presents them all in the exhibtion: “From the Mountains to the Sea – Germany and its Costumes – Dirndl & Lederhosen”.
In earlier times, traditional German clothing or ‘tracht’ identified a person as belonging to a certain region and a particular social group. Every region [...]
For the first time, German World Magazine invited its New York-based readers and Facebook friends to join publisher Petra Schuermann and staff writers Andreas Fuchs and Rita Emch to march with them in this year’s Steuben Parade on September 15.
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Der Adventkranz – The Advent Wreath
The Advent wreath, is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. The ring or wheel of the Advent wreath of evergreens decorated with candles was a symbol in northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity. The [...]
Pfingsten or Pentecost from ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή is the the Fiftieth day after Easter Sunday. It is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ after the Resurrection.
A nowadays seldomly observed pagan custom is the “Pfingsochse”. Pfingsten marks the first day [...]
Celebrating Advent is an important part of Christmas in Germany. For Christians of both Protestant and Roman Catholic, it is a time of quiet contemplation that begins four Sundays before Christmas Eve.
This German invention became a custom at the turn of the 20th century and has since advanced to worldwide popularity.
Advent calendars in Germany [...]
After the Halloween craziness has died down, let’s take some time to reflect on its origins. The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (”evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.
The first two days in November “Allerheiligen”, November 1st and “Allerseelen”, November [...]
On their first day of school German kids receive a “SCHULTÜTE”, a large cardboard cornet filled with sweets and little presents. In Austria the students of the “1st Volksschule grade” are called: Taferlklassler. The name dates back to the time, when in the first grade you were only allowed to write with chalk and a [...]
July 4th 1776 the Declaration of Independence (die Unabhängigkeitserklärung) from the Kingdom of Great Britain was adopted.
Words of the day:
to BBQ – Grillen – ich grille, du grillst, er/sie grillt, wir grillen, ihr grillt, sie grillen
fireworks – das Feuerwerk
flag – die Flagge
And at the movies, nothing showed independence day so entertainingly as Will Smith under [...]
Wikki und die Starken Männer
Die Biene Maja
Die Sendung mit der Maus
Der Rosarote Panther – Paulchen Panther
Alfred J. Kwak
The best good night song ever: La Le Lu
Oma Bitte Kommen!
Fasching ends on February 16th. The climax of carnival is Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Festive costume parades on Faschingsdienstag end the winter throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It also is the last day of feasting which means lots of meat, eggs, cream and deep fat fried pastries such as the Faschingskrapfen or carnival doughnut. [...]