German Karneval Mardi Gras

German Karneval Mardi Gras. The food, the fun, the Fasching! Helau and Alaaf!

German Karneval Mardi Gras and recipes to celebrate When the German Karneval Mardi Gras season starts German Karneval Mardi Gras or Carnival (Karneval) goes by a lot of different names: Fasching, Fastnacht, and Fassenacht. But it all means one thing… fun! Germans consider this time “the fifth season” of the year, and it starts on […]

Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Valentine’s Day Celebration – Create a meal your special someone will love Valentine’s Day celebration means flowers and chocolate, chocolate and flowers! Those are the traditional signs that Valentine’s Day is here. February 14th is Valentine’s Day Celebration the world over in many different ways, but the long-stem red roses, frilly greeting cards, and heart-shaped […]

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day! A German look at the Irish. See what the Irish have in common.

St. Patrick’s Day As St. Patrick’s Day approaches on March 17, I can’t help but think how close the Irish are in respect to the Germans. Not so much in physical distance, but in so many other interesting ways. For starters, just like the Germans, the Irish are proud people who are protective of their […]

German Easter Traditions

German Easter Traditions! See why Americans are hopping to these German-themed recipes, gift ideas, and traditions.

German Easter Traditions in America In Germany, Easter is a holiday that is as highly regarded as Christmas. The German Easter traditions start on the Good Friday and end with the Second Easter Holiday, which is the Monday after Easter Sunday. In some regions in Germany, it starts already on the Thursday before Easter. It’s […]

Mother's Day

How to create a Mother’s Day she will never forget. It is easy!

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 – getting married in Germany and how to celebrate

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 […]

July 4th Barbecue

What does a German grandmother know about a July 4th Barbecue?

July 4th Barbecue July 4th Barbecue. With summertime the outdoor entertaining barbecue is in 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 as […]

German Wine Festivals

German Wine Festivals! It is time for new wine! Great bottles and the Recipes to match.

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 […]

Oktoberfest Party Guide, Food, Beer, Music

Oktoberfest Party Guide. The ultimate guide to hosting a real Oktoberfest party in your backyard.

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 […]

Halloween Traditions Food Recipes and Fun

Food. Fun. And Halloween Traditions. The spirit of Halloween is alive and well at Oma’s.

Halloween Traditions! Halloween or Halloween Traditions. “What is it?” This is a question I had 29 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 […]