Today marks the official start of the Advent season in Germany. Die Adventszeit hat begonnen. It is a time that is especially exciting for children as der Weihnachtsabend – Christmas Eve is now less than a month away.
There are quite some traditions around the Adventszeit that help Germans to get in the mood for Weihnachten – Christmas, so let’s take a look at some in this post.
Thanksgiving – looking at the social media posts around that date, undoubtedly one of the most important, if not the most important holiday in the United States. But what about Thanksgiving in Germany?
Other than Christmas, and Halloween more recently, which have been equally commercialized over the past decades, the Erntedankfest has maintained a rather low profile.
Tracht (f) is the term for traditional costumes in all German-speaking countries. Interestingly, Trachten (pl) are not that old as they only became popular in the 19th century, a period when the idea of Heimat (f) – homeland started to play a more important role in society.
Heute vor zwanzig Jahren wurde in Deutschland die fünfstellige Postleitzahl eingeführt. Durch die Wiedervereinigung war das alte Postleitzahlensystem zu ineffizient geworden und manche Städte und Gemeinden in der ehemaligen DDR und BRD hatten nun die gleiche Postleitzahl.
OK, some interesting vocabulary in this short summary. Twenty years ago the German post office introduced the new and effective five digit postal code. Due to the reunification of Germany in 1990, the old system, a combination of the two existing systems in the Bundesrepublik and the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, became inefficient and also led to the problem of cities having the same postal code.
As Germany is known for its literary heritage I thought that it would be interesting for you to learn a bit more about our literary history. To start this series let’s give you a quick overview of the literary periods in Germany.
You should take this as a rough timeline and guide as it is virtually impossible to name an exact year as starting point or end of the individual periods, some of them overlap, too.