Festivals in Germany
Germany is a tourist’s delight with various types of festivals celebrated throughout the year. Berlin’s Spandau Spring Festival is one of them. This festival is not for the whole family as it is held especially for kids. Different types of rides are available including roller coasters so that kids can have a time of their life. Stands with sumptuous foods keep the kids enthralled and the fireworks add the icing to the cake.
A different type of festival is celebrated in Munich, known as Strong Beer week or Starkbierzeit where the traditional beer is specially brewed to suit the occasion. The beer that is brewed over here must have at least 16% original wort or we can also say that the beer should at least contain 6.5% of alcohol in it. This is the reason, why they call the drink as “Strong Beer”. In Bavaria, they call this festival as the “Fifth Season”.
Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, and attended by over 6 million visitors from all over the world, Oktoberfest, the Bavarian Beer Festival, is considered to be the world’s largest fair. This festival, which is an important part of the Bavarian culture, lasts for 16-18 days from late September to early October. Visitors must try out the traditional fares like Schweinshaxe, Würstl, Hendl, Steckerlfisch, Knödel, and Brezn.
Easter Sunday is also one of the well-known festivals celebrated in the central Europe exactly 46 days post Ash Wednesday. This is a celebration of the Easter flies, Easter egg, Easter well, and paschal lamb etc. Eggs are the most important thing in Easter irrespective of it being a chocolate egg or a real one. The eggs are decorated and painted with colors to celebrate the occasion. Eggs have a great significance in many nations including Germany as it has been used as a symbol for awakening fertility and nature.
Walpurgisnight is celebrated at the end of April just the night before 1st May and is also known as the witch and druid-guided night. It is believed that making lots of noises on this day by shouting, drumming, and whistling causes the bad spirits of the dark to be driven away. In many places, this night is very special. According to the legends, the witches tend to dance around a big fire on this very night. They are even greeted by dancing, witch fire, and fireworks.
The biggest sailing event of the world is celebrated at Kiel and is known as Kieler Woche. Around 3.5 million people from around the world visit Kiel to witness this event. Many people participate in this event and the count of the participants reaches to more than 5,000 sailors with 2,000 boats. Kieler Woche is just not a sports and cultural event, it is a grand folk-fair as well. This mega event is opened to everyone after the command, “Leinen Los!” which means “drop the lines”.
Sandkerwa, the biggest festival in Bamberg takes place annually during the end of August. For this occasion, a long-lasting state of exclusion takes place in the streets of “Im Sand”. Most of the of old romantic places are changes into pubs or wine-inns for this occasion and even the houses and the inner courts are opened for it. People can witness the bands playing classic music from German Folk to Rock, Pop to Salsa and even Samba in the hotels or public places.