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Easter Temptations

Easter in Germany A busy bunny, painted eggs and endless fields of crocuses Germans love the Easter weekend, which marks the start of spring – and as soon as the first warming sunbeams and colourful, blossoming flowers after a long winter appear, you can be sure to expect the entire nation to celebrate appropriately with some wonderful and some rather slightly unusual traditions. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF

One of the biggest festivals in Germany, Easter originally was a Christian tradition to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, a recent study suggests that one in five Germans has no idea what the original Christian liturgical mean-

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ing of Easter is. Instead, nearly all were familiar with the Easter Bunny. “Frohe Ostern” {FRO-Huh OS-tern} – be sure to know these words for the weekend 3 to 6 April, because many smiley people will be likely to impose them on wherever you are,

be it a street corner, in a café, shop or hotel you will set foot in. The Easter weekend in Germany comprises a wide range of interesting traditions and local customs. People rummage through their kitchens, decorating every little corner of the house with colourful chocolate eggs, bunnies and other Easter related ornaments. The hardest task of the Easter weekend preparation, which gives many Germans a severe headache and a feeling of dizziness, is blowing out the yolk and egg