German Holidays & Tradition
By: Elizabeth Raines
New Year's Day
It is the arrival of Three Wise Men and it is during the last 12 days of Christmas.
They celebrate Mardi Gras which is like a carnival. The date is different each year.
Germans also celebrate Easter as well and is either late March or early May.
May Day and it is known as Labor Day to us.
Oktoberfest and it is two week celebration starting late September and ending on the first Sunday of October.
German Unity Day, it is a national holiday that states the official date of German reunification.
National Day of Mourning and it is two weeks prior to the first Advent Sunday. It is in memory of all the Jews killed by the Nazi party during the Holocaust.
St. Nicholas Day and it is when the children get small gifts from Saint Nicholas.
December 24th & 25th
Christmas eve and families get together around the Christmas tree and exchange gifts.
Four weeks before Christmas, they celebrate Advent.
Six weeks before Easter, they begin Lent.
Oktoberfest is for 16 days and it is a festival in Munich. Oktoberfest attracts over 6 million people.
The name and idea of the Easter Bunny was created by the Germans