Carnival or Fasching (or what we call Mardi Gras in New Orleans) begins on November 11th at 11:11am and finishes at midnight on Shrove Tuesday (or Faschingsdienstag) before Ash Wednesday which is celebrated with parties and parades. This is known as the “fifth season in Germany” (only for Bavaria Starkbierzeit coincides with this). Fasching in Germany is what Halloween is for Americans.

There is just so much to learn about Germany, it’s impossible to learn it all! So instead, here are some historical interesting facts about Germany you might not have known!

1. Germans love a good rule. They have a strict adherence to following ALL rules and breaking these rules will definitely give you some serious looks of disapproval.
2. Many Germans like it when they see someone trying to speak German. But because they speak pretty good English, they’ll talk to you in English.

Every country has their own fair share of cultural superstitions. Some good superstitions in America are knocking on wood so as not to jinx yourself after you have said something or carrying a penny or rabbits foot in your pocket. Some bad superstitions are opening an umbrella inside your house and seeing a black cat, […]

At the moment, I am suffering from an illness only found in Germany. Don’t worry, it’s not contagious and it’s not serious which nonetheless inspired this post. Since living in Germany, I’ve heard several interesting sicknesses that my coworkers or German family has suffered from that I had NEVER heard of before that can only […]

I thought I would write a little blog about some of the strange Bavarian customs I have noticed since living in Germany which I find interesting and hard to get used to. I say Bavarian at the moment because I can’t compare some of the customs with other places in Germany. When I lived in […]

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