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October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

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Five northern German states observe October 31st, Reformation Day, as a public holiday. But what was the Protestant Reformation and why is it celebrated? Growing up in the Lutheran Church we heard the story about how Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door, setting off the Protestant Reformation, and starting the Lutheran […]

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

Why are there so MANY Different names for Germany?

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  Allemania, Niemcy, Vokietija, Tedesco, Tyskland, Germany, Deutschland…. WHY are there so many different names for Germany? And these aren’t just names that are a translation of the word Deutschland, they are very different words with different etymologies (starting place of a word). Even the word Deutschland is relatively recent. The answer has a lot […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

What is a Radler- The History of a Drink Named for a Cyclist

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I realize this might be considered blasphemy, but I’m not much of a beer drinker. I just never developed a taste for it (apparently, I make an “eeewww” face from the bitter flavor when I drink it). But soda is generally too sweet. Fortunately, an innkeeper in Deisenhofen, Germany came up with a solution that […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

Roman Limes in Germany – Borders of the Roman Frontier

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Cover photo by Michael Graber   The first time I saw the words, “Germanic Limes”, I immediately flashed to those tart green citrus fruits… but I couldn’t have been further from reality. The Roman Limes in Germany are leftover border fortifications from the days of when Germanic Tribes and Roman Troops were keeping a sharp […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

St Hildegard of Bingen- The German Visionary Saint

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St Hildegard of Bingen officially holds title of Patron Saint of Writers and Composers (and some suggest she’s unofficially the patron saint of both Beer, and of Women… especially those of a certain age). Beyond the trappings of Sainthood, Hildegard was most certainly an extraordinary woman. The Benedictine Abbess was a Polymath who received visions […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation