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South Africans in Germany


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 colourful 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.

Most 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 find a Pollenkalender on the Allergie website.

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

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 can also be warmer or colder, depending on the location.
The average daily sunshine is 5  hours.

Here is a list of food traditionally eaten in Germany over the Easter period

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

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

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.

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

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 the middle of 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.

Plan your month

everything you need to know


Most towns will have spring festivals. The two most famous ones are the Frühlingsfest in Munich and also the one in Stuttgart. It is a great time to marvel at the cherry blossoms and magnolias. A great place to watch the magnolias bloom is at the Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart, with over 70 trees.


Public Holidays
Good Friday / Karfreitag2022-04-07 KarfreitagAll
Easter Sunday / Ostersonntag2022-04-09Ostersonntag
Easter Monday / Ostermontag2022-04-10Ostermontag
Palm Sunday / Palmsonntag2022-04-02The Sunday before Easter.
The feast commemorates
Jesus' triumphal entry into
Maudy Thursday / Gründonnerstag2022-04-06Maundy 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
Karsamstag2022-04-08Six days before Ash Wednesday
More info
School Holidays and Terms
Easter HolidaysVariousSchool HolidaysAll except Hamburg

Events listed on our website

Virtual get-together 7 December 2023

07/12/2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Join us for a casual monthly get-together. The idea is to get to know other Southern Africans, support each other and share our ideas and tips on life in Germany. Follow the Skype link: Skype Meeting  – You do not need a Skype account to participate  

Online Wine Tasting

25/11/2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Online Tasting with Gerard Holden from Holden Manz You’ll get to know one of the most beautiful wineries in South Africa. But Holden Manz is not just a visual delight – their wines are a true dream. Gerard acquired the estate with his partner Migo Manz in August 2010, when it was still known as “Klein […]

The Travelling Art Gallery

02/11/2023 – 25/11/2023 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – The Travelling Art Gallery is an artists’ initiative of contemporary artists from South Africa. Visit one of our upcoming exhibitions or browse through our online art catalogues at your leisure. Click on the images to open the respective catalogues. For art purchases and questions, please contact them by email at  

Charity Wine Tasting

23/11/2023 @ 6:00 pm – It is time for our pre-Xmas charity walkabout wine tasting and Xmas shopping for charity! Walkabout and taste wines with purpose from South Africa – wines grown at a protea sanctuary, WWF-certified wines, organic and vegan wines and much more. Snacks will also be provided. And if you are on a dry November before you […]

Juanita du Plessis “live in Amsterdam”

27/01/2024 @ 7:00 pm – Juanita du Plessis live in Amsterdam Tickets available at Disclaimer: This event is not organised by the admin of this website, we only share it for information purposes


17/06/2023 – 25/11/2023 @ 12:00 am – In her new album „Read My Lips“, Thabilé’s musical range encompasses genres such as jazz, soul, Afro, gospel, pop and R’n’B. The musical arrangements of the highly talented producer Steve Bimamisa are immensely captivating due to their instrumental clarity, without being obtrusive. Her vocal presence is varied, perfect, embracing and warm. Songs such as „Read […]

Some foods and drinks to try


Made with yeast dough, raisins and almonds. Eaten with butter. Some great recipes on Chefkoch



  • If you want to warm up, try some hearty food like Rouladen, Linseneintopf or Kartoffelsuppe



The Asparagus season in Germany starts towards the end of April and ends on the 24th of June (St. John the Baptist Day)



Brightly colored boiled eggs and of course beautiful chocolate easter eggs in the bakeries



Starkbier is as the name suggests a strong beer.  Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday (22.02.2023) to Easter). Read more here

Fruit and Veggies in Season


Happy Easterich wünche dir frohe Ostern
Easter bunnyder Osterhase
Easter eggdas Osterei
Easter lambdas Osterlamm
Chocolate bunnyder Schokohase
Daffodilsdie Osterglocke


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