Europe

Advent

Advent is celebrated in German speaking Countries as in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Advent (derived from the Latin word “arrival”) of the Christkind (Christ child) is celebrated in this special time before Christmas. The Advent season starts with the first of Advent which is four Sundays before Christmas Eve. […]

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Martinstag, Laternenumzug and Martinsgans

On November 11, Martinstag is celebrated in Germany with many traditions.  Martin of Tours was the third Bishop of Tours in France during the 4th century AD/CE. There are many legends woven around his person.  For instance, when he still was a Roman soldier, he cut his cloak into halves […]

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German-American Day

On October 6, we in the US celebrate National German-American Day! In 1683 the first thirteen German families settled in Pennsylvania where they founded Germantown. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as a National Holiday in 1983 to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German immigration and culture in […]

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Day of German Unity

Do you know that on October 3 Germany celebrates the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit)? This national holiday commemorates the official German reunification in 1990 after it had been divided into East- and West-Germany in 1945. The fall of the Berlin Wall took place in 1989; in […]

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Happy Thanksgiving – Our Teachers at the ACTFL Convention in Boston

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and may you be together with your family and friends in harmony and gratitude! Last weekend Ute Hoefel and Barbara Olbricht of the German Institute for the Southwest had a chance to travel to Boston to attend the Annual Convention & World Language Expo 2016 of […]

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International Parliamentary Scholarship Program in Germany

Our friends at the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) have informed us of an incredible opportunity for college graduates: “In collaboration with Berlin’s three major universities, the German Bundestag offers the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to politically active and dedicated young college graduates who wish to play an […]

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