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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.

Bridge days, party and Christian tradition: What Father’s Day and the Ascension of Jesus have in co

Thursday, May 30th is Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension of Jesus) and a national holiday in Germany. What would be a “bank holiday” in England, demonstrating the historical power of banks and the financial industry in the UK, is a “Christian holiday” in Germany. The free day is not moved to the following Monday to create a longer holiday, but happens on the exact date, sometimes creating what Germans refer to as “Brückentage” – bridge days between the holiday and the weekend. Bridge days are a favourite way of optimizing the free time in a year for vacation trips. This, however, isn’t the main topic of today’s blog. Ascension day is an interesting example of how influential Christian tradition

Celebrating adolescence: Jugendweihe German youth ceremonies in and outside of church

Growing up in West Germany in a Catholic surrounding with just a few protestant sprinkles, it was normal for me to witness plenty of church rituals. Many of my friends were altar boys or at least spent part of their weekends at church. Most of my friends had their First Communion when they were around eight years old, my protestant mates went to their confirmation a few years later at 14. While I didn’t care much for the religious questions, I did notice that both groups received a huge amount of gifts and attention. To my disappointment, I got nothing. My family was as socialist as atheist, and that left me without any event of that kind. In East Germany, however, nobody had to miss out. Mo

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