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Easter Pack 2

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

“Easter Pack 2” is a collection of 3 transcripts, each in their own PDF file. The pack is a ZIP file containing the 3 PDFs and is available from the AllThingsGerman Download Store.

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Easter Pack 1

Monday, March 29th, 2010

“Easter Pack 1” is a collection of 4 transcripts, each in their own PDF file. The pack is a ZIP file containing the 4 PDFs and is available from the AllThingsGerman Download Store.

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Gr√ľndonnerstag

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Gr√ľndonnerstag is the German name for Maundy Thursday.¬† It is the day before Karfreitag.

On this day, people go to Church to be freed of their sins in order to make a “clean” start for Easter, thus leading to one explanation of the name: the idea is that “green wood” is said to be fresh.

Another reason for the name may be that it is the end of the fasting season, and people used to eat mainly vegetables on this day.

It is a normal working day, although many people do take the day off to go away for a long weekend.

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Osterfeuer

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

An Osterfeuer is a bonfire that is lit on the evening of Easter Saturday, usually in connection with a Church service.

Different parts of Germany associate the fire with different traditions.  In Bavaria it is also called the Judasfeuer and a straw figure, similar to a guy, is burnt upon the fire representing Judas Iscariot.  In Westfalia it is said to banish the winter.

Some churches have a candle-light service on Saturday evening rather than a fire.

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Osterhase

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Osterhase is the name given in Germany to the Easter Bunny.

The tradition, which dates back to the 17th Century, says that the Osterhase decorates eggs at Easter and hides them in people’s gardens, although the practise became more common in the 20th Century.

Children go out into the garden on Easter Sunday and look for the eggs.

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