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 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 place them on the table to supplement your holiday meal. These flavored spreads may be complemented with a variety of crackers. Or, offer different types of breads—shaped into bite-sized portions with fun, seasonal cookie cutters. […]
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 […]
Oktoberfest Party Guide Think Oktoberfest is all about beer? Think again. Just as important as those amazing Bavarian lagers are the authentic Oktoberfest dishes that make every Oktoberfest party so special. With good food and good drinks, come good times. And you will find everything you need to host a successful Oktoberfest beer garden festival […]
German Wine Festivals While Oktoberfest is in full swing in America, the Germans have moved on from their September celebration and are ready to commemorate the fruit from the vine. That is right, it is time for new wine and to introduce the fermented grape juice at the German Wine Festivals. In October, the well-known […]
Halloween Traditions! Halloween or Halloween Traditions. “What is it?” This is a question I had 26 years ago, when I first experienced this nightly celebration in the States. Of all the answers I received, the one I could identify with the most was the comparison to the peak of the German carnival season called Fasching […]
St. Martin’s Day Tradition! St. Martin of Tours was a soldier in the roman army. One winter, he was riding on his horse and saw a beggar freezing on the side of the street. Martin took off his coat and divided it with his sword into two pieces to share with the poor man. In […]