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South Africans in Germany

Season Spring
Time Central European Time (CET), same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).
Weather

The temperatures average between 3 °C and 12 °C. The weather can be very fickle in April.
It can change from hot to snowing within days and it is very difficult to make long term forecasts
It could be warmer or colder, depending on the location.
The average daily sunshine is 5  hours.

April is mostly associated with Easter celebrations and holidays.
Many houses and gardens are decorated with Easter bunnies, eggs, and spring flowers. Another tradition is to decorate dry twigs (Osterstrauch) or trees with colorful eggs. One of the biggest Ostereierbäume can be seen in Saalfeld with almost 600 handpainted eggs. 
A great activity for kids (also the grown-up ones) is to paint your own easter eggs. They are hung on trees, used for table decorations, or can be given as gifts.

Many towns have Easter markets and decorate the town fountains with Easter eggs. These decorated fountains are called Osterbrunnen.

 It is also pollen season. You can have a look at the Pollenkalender here

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
Good Friday / Karfreitag2022-04-15 KarfreitagAll
Easter Sunday / Ostersonntag2022-04-17Ostersonntag
Easter Monday / Ostermontag2022-04-18Ostermontag
Observations
Palm Sunday / Palmsonntag2022-04-10The Sunday before Easter.
The feast commemorates
Jesus’ triumphal entry into
Jerusalem
Maudy Thursday / Gründonnerstag2022-04-14Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday
is the day during Holy Week
that commemorates the Washing
of the Feet and Last Supper of
Jesus Christ with the Apostles,
as described in the canonical gospels
All
Karsamstag2022-04-16Six days before Ash Wednesday
More info
All
Walpurgisnacht2022-04-30All
School Holidays and Terms
Easter HolidaysVariousSchool HolidaysAll except Hamburg

Events

Food and drinks to try

There is a South African Easter Recipes on our website.

Gründonnerstag:
Gründonnerstag sounds like green Thursday although it is derived from the old German word greinen, which means crying. Thus many people celebrate by eating green dishes, such as the following:
– Seven herb soup / Sieben Kräutersuppe
– Chervil soup / Kerbelsuppe
– Eggs in green sauce / Eier in grüner Sauce

Karfreitag:
Church bells are silent on Good Friday. Families may go to church and in some towns, such as Bensheim you will see processions.
Dancing is not allowed on Good Friday, neither are weddings. The shops are closed.
It is a tradition to eat fish at dinner with your family.
– Fish cakes with green sauce / Fishfrikadellen mit grüner Sauce

Ostersamstag:
In Northern Germany, people light Easter fires (das Osterfeuer) as a symbol of light in the darkness.
These fires are sometimes lit on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Ostersonntag:
Families come together to celebrate. They may go to church together and then have a big brunch or a festive dinner.
The main dish is often lamb.
Children hunt for Easter eggs.

– Colorful boiled eggs / Bunte Frühstückseier – served with Black Forest ham and Emmentaler cheese
– Easter bunny brioches / Osterhasebrioches
– Roast leg of lamb with juniper berry sauce / Lammkeule mit Wacholderbeerensauce
– Biennenstich cake. Click on this link for other Easter cake recipes
– Easter lamb cake
– Hefezopf
– German Sweat Bread nests

Ostermontag:
Easter Monday is a day of remembrance and reflection.

Other Foods:
Before Easter, you will find Easter bread (das Osterbrot) in most bakeries.
Brightly colored boiled eggs and of course beautiful chocolate easter eggs in the bakeries
The asparagus season (die Spargelsaison) starts in middle April.
Traditionally the white variety is eaten with hollandaise sauce, potatoes, and ham.
To find out how to buy and store asparagus, as well as some recipes,  read our page about the German white gold.

Fruits and veggies in season

Vocabulary

Happy Easter ich wünche dir frohe Ostern
Easter bunny der Osterhase
Easter egg das Osterei
Easter lamb das Osterlamm
Chocolate bunny der Schokohase
Daffodils die Osterglocke

Sources

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