German customs and traditions
When it comes to Germany everybody knows that this wonderful country has something special and charming we generally call: traditions. The German customs and traditions are so important and present in locals’ life that almost every event looks more like a ritual. Traditions are passed almost sacredly from generation to generation and some consider it a blasphemy not respecting the old customs. This people is considered quite strict when it comes to respecting rules, so before visiting it, why not finding out more about the traditions and lifestyle of such a wonderful people as the Germans. This short guide may help you with their most important celebrations and some customs attaches to these holidays.
Christmas Eve is very important to Germanic families, as this holly night is considered as having something magic in it. Tradition has it that on Christmas Eve, rivers taste like wine, jewels can be easily found in the mountains, animals start speaking and only those with a pure soul can hear the church bells. Every member of the family celebrates with enthusiasm this wonderful night and every detail of the Christmas dinner is prepared carefully. Germans claim that those who do not taste the delicious food and don’t eat properly during Christmas will be haunted by terrifying demons. And who would want to be haunted, right? 🙂
The Advent Season
The Advent Season takes places form the 1st to the 24th of December. It represents the period preceding the Christmas when everybody gets prepared for the most important event of the year. Like everywhere in the world children write letters to express their wishes for the Christmas gifts, only that they do not address it to Santa but to Christ Child. In churches or piazzas the locals enact wonderful scenes symbolizing the nativity and people start frequenting the Christmas markets, enjoying the delicious and flavored hot boiled wine.
Saint Nicholas Day
Saint Nicholas is the figure of a bishop in charge of bringing the desired gifts to children. The kids prepare their boots in which the saint will drop the presents. They also leave carrots and other vegetables for the tired donkeys or white horses that accompany the saints throughout his visits. This wonderful character is said to carry a huge books in which the children’s deed have been written. If they have been good they will receive lots of sweets, if not Saint Nicholas fill their shoes with coal or potatoes.
Mardi Gras takes place six weeks before the Easter. It implies a huge carnival and parade with lots of good energy. The best parties are private, but you can easily have access to one if you are eager for lots of fun.
Just book a ticket and enjoy the experience!