Sankt Nikolaus Santa Claus in Bavaria by Wikimedia

Sankt Nikolaus, the history and how he became a beloved figure

The custom, the filling of the shoes in the night from the 5th to the 6th December or similar is based on the legend of the three virgins, who were gifted at night by St. Nicholas. This is mainly done in the Bavarian catholic regions, and the Christmas Child usually comes Christmas Eve with presents. Continue reading Sankt Nikolaus, the history and how he became a beloved figure

Osterlamm Kuchen. German Easter lamb cake

German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm

A juicy Easter lamb made from a cake batter has become a beloved tradition for many families in Germany. Instead of a large cake, you can bake little Easter lambs and Easter bunnies, which I personally like much better. This way everyone gets their own mini cake. You can flavor the Easter lamb batter in different ways, vanilla and/or rum or almond extract, also decorate … Continue reading German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm

Storchentag in Haslach by Wikimedia

“Storchentag” in the Black Forest

Haslach, a town in the Black Forest with 7000 people celebrates end of February the “Storchentag” (Day of the Stork). Children walk through town with white bags that is led by the “Storchenvater” the father of the stork. They call “Heraus, Heraus!” (get out). Customarily, the towns people throw sweets, fruits and pretzels out of their windows. Continue reading “Storchentag” in the Black Forest

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An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

An exciting day for the people of Würzburg. An empty Wine bottle of 1905 was recently found at a construction work site in NY City at a former Biergarten. The “Bocksbeutel” carries the Coat of Arms of the Bürgerspital in Würzburg Continue reading An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

Osterbrunnen, decorated Easter fountain by P. Eckert

“Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia