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Here we will share with you in-depth information on German culture, local events and education twice a month. Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

May Day in Germany: Worker’s movement tradition and folkloristic entertainment

I remember the term “May Day” being confusing to me when I heard it the first time. As a non-native speaker, it was a little too close to the “Mayday” distress call, and given that Bank Holidays in the UK are usually on Mondays instead of the date itself, it took my immigrant mind a little while to connect the dots. “Mayday”, the international emergency call, has of course absolutely nothing to do with “May Day”, the international celebration of the workers’ movement. It also has no connection to the traditional spring festivals that are celebrated all over the Northern Hemisphere. Mayday replaced the SOS morse code in 1923, deriving from the French “m'aider“ (help me). May Day is one of the

German Tea Time: Kaffee und Kuchen as the peak of social culture

For immigrants freshly arriving to the UK, one source of confusion is the use of terms like “lunch”, “dinner”, “supper” and “tea time”. Germans face a special challenge in this department. When English people, especially in the North, refer to “having tea”, they often mean they are having dinner, at a time so early in the afternoon that Germans would not think of it as the last big meal of the day (big doesn't necessarily mean hot - sometimes it is just bread with a selection of meats, cheese and salad). In general, Germans like to have their dinner later in the evening, after the activities of the day have concluded. Between three and five in the afternoon however, they might have an extra

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