Traditional German Festivities
Traditional German festivities are well prepared and celebrated all year around. Whereas the observed holidays are more formal like Easter and Christmas, other traditional German festivities are more low key like an Oktoberfest party in the backyard. Traditions and customs play a major role during the cultural celebrations and are handed down from generation to generation. The ceremonies can vary depending on the region in Germany.
The saying “food and drink hold body and soul together” is for sure fitting for the Germans, especially during festivities and festivals. One of the reasons Oma shares with you authentic, traditional, German recipes for homemade menus, drinks, and desserts to compliment German festivities. Furthermore, Oma will provide you also with some tips and ideas how to decorate. Instructions for traditional arts & crafts projects also for children included. You might get an understanding of Mardi Gras in Germany, and what it is all about. Maybe you want to take on a new tradition for your child’s First Day in School with a school cone. Find out what beer to serve best for Oktoberfest and what music to listen too.
You would be surprised to learn how many traditions are imported by German immigrants and celebrated by Americans. Besides of the Christmas tree and the Easter bunny there is of course Oktoberfest just to mention a few.
German Traditional Sunday As I look back at my life, growing up in a small town in Germany, I’m reminded how important the German traditional Sunday was in bringing the community and families together. The atmosphere; that special feeling of warmth, joy, and togetherness; was only outdone by the magic of the Christmas and Easter […]
35 Favorite Oktoberfest Songs! These 35 favorite Oktoberfest songs will make sure your party is a success. They invite you to dance and sway. Add Oma’s recipes for traditional German Oktoberfest food and the right beer. Please scroll down, click on the title of the song below and you will be directed to a place to […]
German May Day Traditions Facts about German May Day Traditions. It’s May Day as the German saying goes, “Alles neu macht der Mai,” which translated means, “May makes everything new.” The first of May is also known as May Day—not to be confused with the SOS emergency call mayday,” which derives from the French “m’aidez” pronounced […]
Mother’s Day Mother’s Day happens every year, on the second Sunday in May, a special holiday is celebrated to honor mothers of all generations. This special day filled with flowers started as a Memorial Mother’s Day Meeting for the mother of Anna Marie Jarvis, a social activist during the American civil war. “Mother’s Day” was […]
German Wedding Traditions German Wedding Traditions and how to celebrate in three steps. It starts with the Polterabend followed by the legal ceremony at the city hall, Standesamt. The church wedding is the final celebration and highlight. The sequence of the festivities are flexible and the traditions vary depending on regions. German Traditions – The […]
German Mardi Gras Music Can you hear it? The German Mardi Gras Music picked by Oma? That joyous, upbeat sound. It’s called carnival music (karnevalsmusik) translated to and it’s essential for any Mardi Gras celebration. In Germany, we call this time Fasching or Fassenacht, and the peak starts the Thursday before Ash Wednesday (February 4) […]
Flavored Butter Spreads Flavored butter spreads are so easy to prepare. You can use them either as an appetizer or have them on the table to enrich your holiday meal. Complement these flavored spreads with a variety of crackers. Or, offer different types of breads—shaped into bite-sized portions with fun, seasonal cookie cutters. To add […]
Traditional German Christmas Cookies In Germany, Christmas cookies are almost as sacred as the holiday itself. The holiday baking season begins before the First of Advent, so that these tasty treats will be ready for consumption on that most anticipated day. The ladies of the house will carefully ration, hide, and monitor the cookies in […]
St Martins Day Lanterns St Martins Day Lanterns are the highlight of Martin’s day in Germany. You can find the most beautiful lanterns displayed in store windows and available for sale inside. For this special German holiday, children also create St. Martin’s Day lanterns in kindergarten and grade school. They make them at home—and with […]
Ideas and recipes for a 4th of July Barbecue With summertime outdoor entertaining; barbecue is the center of attention. Oma has tips for parties and great recipes for grilling and entertaining. We waited so long for summer to arrive and now it’s here—in all its natural beauty. The sunshine and blue skies invite us outdoors […]