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Celebrate Easter in Germany ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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Celebrating Easter in Germany, aka Ostern,  is a journey through time that arouses the senses, both spiritually and physically.

Although the preparation starts many weeks before the actual Easter Day, the main event starts on the Thursday before Easter and continues through the weekend. German food is a main part of this!

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The Thursday before Easter is known as "Gründonnerstag" or "Green Thursday." Here, the custom is to eat green foods such as soups made with spinach, leeks, and parsley.

On the following day, Good Friday, known as "Karfreitag", the main meal is usually some kind of fish dish.

Then, it's Easter, "Osten." Traditionally, the meat is roasted lamb, served with asparagus and potatoes. Of course, other meats can be served. As a treat, rouladen and potato dumplings are offered, served along with spring peas and carrots.

Easter desserts often feature eggs and bunnies - in decorations. A lamb-shaped cake is common, but it’s always right to serve traditional German tortes. A Hazelnut Torte is a treat, as is the famous Black Forest Cake.

Celebrating Easter in Germany

Painted Easter egg hanging from branches of a tree.Osterstrauch

Since the Easter Egg and Easter Bunny seem to have originated in Germany, much is seen of this in decorations throughout the country.

Ostermarkt (Easter Market) are in many towns, selling decorated eggs, chocolates, bunnies, flowers, spring ornaments, and Easter crafts. 

These are greatly wanted because the houses and gardens are widely decorated, especially with eggs.

A beautiful German Easter tradition is the Osterstrauch. This is a branch or small tree decorated with hollowed-out eggs. 

The raw eggs are prepared by poking pinholes at each end of the shell and blowing the contents out (saving the egg yolk and egg white mixture for Easter baking).

Allowed to dry out, the egg shells are then dyed and hand painted. 

These eggs are hung with ribbons on the branches of trees either hung from the ceiling or put into vases. 

Outside, eggs are hung on the trees too. These eggs are usually made from plastic or wood.

Spiritual Celebrations

On Good Friday, the beginning of the religious activities start, with church services remembering the crucifixion of Jesus.

Sometimes there are prayer services in the churches starting on Saturday evening and continuing until dawn on Easter Sunday.

At church, Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. This, after all, is the reason for Easter. Now, once home, it’s time to enjoy the Easter dinner recipes that have been prepared.

Whether you are celebrating Easter in Germany or you have decided to have a traditional German Easter elsewhere in the world, start with the decorations, plan your menu from the recipes, bake and cook, and then enjoy the day with your family and friends.

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Take a look here if you're looking for some unusual ways to celebrate Easter in Germany like a local.

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Some Traditional German Easter Recipes

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