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Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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While digging in to stories about Easter in Germany, I frequently come across references to the Germanic pagan goddess Ostara. In fact, Ostara and Easter appear to be so entwined, that even the word Ostern (Easter) comes from this goddess of Spring. And sources attribute many of the non-religious Easter symbols like eggs and rabbits […]

Eisheiligen in Germany – The German Ice Saints of May

Sorbian Easter Eggs- How are they made, and who are the Sorbs?

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Some of the most beautifully decorated Easter Eggs that I’ve ever seen are Sorbian Easter Eggs. My mother introduced us to them when we were children, and she remembered them from her childhood. You see, my Opa, her father, is from Weißwasser… a town in eastern Saxony, Germany, a town that once belonged to Upper Lusatia or Upper […]

German Museums and Cultural Heritage Centers in North America

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

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Cover image Thomas Guffler, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Sternsinger der Katholischen Propsteigemeinde “St. Peter und Paul” Dessau mit dem Oberbürgermeister von Dessau-Roßlau, Klemens Koschig, vor dem Rathaus   In the days leading up to January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, you might see groups of children dressed in robes and wearing a […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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 […]

German Museums and Cultural Heritage Centers in North America

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

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Celebrating the German Easter Holidays is much more than just finding eggs or church on Sunday. You celebrate the Easter weekend in Germany! Although the country is becoming more secular, Easter feels much more celebrated or acknowledged than here in the US. I’m not talking about the commercial aspect. Yes, there are colorful eggs and […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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