Passed down from one generation to the next, our traditions and customs help define who we are and often function as milestones in our lives. While many interesting traditions and customs are limited to Germany or a particular region of Germany, others are celebrated throughout western Europe or shared with many parts of the world. Decorating a Christmas tree or hiding Easter eggs, for example, are widespread traditions that originated in Germany.
Christ’s resurrection has given us one of the most important festivals in the calendar. Easter is deeply rooted in German culture: it is a time for celebrations across the country – and the observance of a wide range of customs.
Easter Traditions in Germany
The Oktoberfest in Munich is a legend. Not only in Munich, but also in other parts of Bavaria and Germany there are traditional autum festivals.The Oktoberfest in Munich is by far the most famous and biggest.
The Oktoberfest (in Munich)
Carnival is celebrated with greater dedication in parts of Germany than in any other European country. It is a time of elaborate parades, masks, balls and election of Carnival kings and queens and official madness.
"Ich geh mit meiner Laterne" (Traditional song)
Ich geh' mit meiner Laterne I go with my lantern Und meine Laterne mit mir. And my lantern goes with me. Dort oben leuchten die Sterne, Up above the s...
Traditional St. Martin song