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South Africans in Germany

February

February is a month of great importance as it is known for love. This event is celebrated with great vigour and passion in South Africa, where lovebirds often exchange gifts, plan special surprises, and indulge in delicious, romantic dinners. However, it is not celebrated with the same intensity in Germany.
In general, most restaurants and hotels in Germany do not offer any special deals or promotions for Valentine’s Day celebrations. However, some shops offer special deals and sales on Valentine’s Day.
So, if you’re interested in celebrating this day of love in Germany, you might have to be a little creative in planning your celebrations. Nonetheless, with your loved ones by your side, any day can turn out to be a special day filled with love, happiness, and cherished memories.

 

SeasonWinter
TimeCentral European Time (CET), one hour behind South Africa
Weather

The temperatures average between -2.4 °C and 3.5 °C. It could get much colder, depending on the location.
Snow is likely in the mountain areas. Coastal cities have a milder climate and the possibility of snow is low.
The average daily sunshine is 2.7 hours.

Plan your month

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Festivals

Carnival

It is an exciting time in Germany as the Carnival season, also known as the fifth season, is in full swing. This time of year is marked by colourful parades, lively music, and elaborate costumes. People from all over Germany come together to celebrate in a joyous atmosphere and things can get a bit “Narrisch”. This playful German word loosely translates to crazy or chaotic, and it is a testament to the spirited nature of Carnival season.  
Carnival is a celebration of excess and includes parades, floats, dancing, formal balls, wearing costumes, noise and a lot of partying. It is the period before Lent, that starts on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is a time of repentance and abstinence in preparation for Easter.

So what is Carnival, Fastnacht and Faching
These are basically regional names for Carnival.

  • Fasching – Austria, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen
  • Fastnacht – Baden, Franconia, Hesse, Saarland, Mainz, Swabenland, Switzerland and Luxumbourg
  • Karneval – Rhineland: Aachen, Bonn, Köln and Düsseldorf
 

Narrenzunft
This is yet another version of Carnival.
The local carnival clubs of the Swabian-Alemannic and some of the Rhenish clubs describe themselves as fools’ guilds. These guilds are mostly organised in the legal form of a registered association (Verein).
You can find the “Zunfttermine” here.
You can find a list of the associations / Vereine here.

Holidays

DateHolidayInformationStates
Public Holidays
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Observations
Women’s Carnival / Weiberfastnach08.02.2024All
Fastnachtssamstag10.02.2024
Fastnachtssonntag11.02.2024
Rose Monday / Rosenmontag12.02.2024
Fastnacht / carnival13.02.2024
Aschermittwoch/ Ash Wednesday14.02.2024A Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, and the first day of LentAll
Valentines Day14.02.2024All

Events

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Going to the movies

It is always exciting to plan a visit to the movies! There are so many things to consider, like choosing the right movie theatre, picking

Events listed on our website

Will Linley On Magic Tour 2024

19/02/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Will Linley On Magic Tour 2024 Goosebumps guaranteed! Capetonian rising pop star Will Linley has a show in Cologne and Berlin on 19 & 20 February, respectively. The young musician started to sing at TikTok, and his debut single with the hypnotic track “miss me (when you’e gone)” hit number one immediately. Nowadays, the talented […]

Thabile – Read my lips – Augsburg

16/02/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm – @Thabilé is a South African-born singer and was rightly chosen as “Artist of the Year 2023” at the African Festival Award (AFA) in Würzburg. Today, Thabilé lives in Stuttgart and campaigns for better coexistence, especially for the rights of women, who are not only oppressed in South Africa. Her songs tell of difficult living conditions […]

Thabile – Read my lips – Stuttgart

10/02/2024 @ 8:15 pm – 11:45 pm – @Thabilé ‘s first awesome concert in 2024 is on 10 February, a great chance to experience this charming singer, who was rightly chosen as “Artist of the Year 2023” at the African Festival Award (AFA) in Würzburg. Today, Thabilé lives in Stuttgart and campaigns for better coexistence, especially for the rights of women, who are not […]

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Krapfen

This delectable treat is also known as a Berliner or Berliner Pfannkuchen. The soft and fluffy doughnut features a generous filling of sweet and tangy jam that adds a burst of flavour with every bite

02.

Hearty Food

Stay warm in winter with hearty German dishes like Eisbein, Sauerbraten, Falscher Hase, and Kartoffelsuppe. These dishes are rich and savoury, perfect for satisfying your cravings. Warm up with a glass of Glühwein for added comfort. Don’t let the winter blues get you down, indulge in these delicious and cosy meals to brighten up your day!

03.

Reibekuchen

Potato pancakes, more commonly known as Rosti, are a classic culinary creation that is sure to please your palate. These delectable pancakes are available in a variety of serving styles, ranging from sweet to savoury. You can enjoy them with a side of delicious Appel sauce for a sweet and tangy taste sensation, or opt for a more savoury flavour by pairing them with egg or onion.

04.

Himmel und Erde

Himmel und Erde, which is also known as “heaven and earth” in English, is a mouth-watering and delightful side dish that has been enjoyed by many people for centuries. It is a traditional German dish consisting of mashed potatoes and mashed apples sautéed in a pan with bacon bits and onions.

05.

Kölsch

Kölsch is a light, clear (filtered) and top-fermented beer with an average original gravity of 11.3 °P and an average alcohol content of 4.8%.. It must be brewed in Köln

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

Narrenrufe

The origins of these “fools calls” are not always clear and their exact meaning is also lost in time. Most villages have their own call.
Here are some of the most well known:

CallWhereMeaning
HelauMainz, Düsseldorf,
Koblenz
 
AlaafBonn and AachenAlles ab or
everything down
Kölle alaafonly in Köln 
Wau-Wauall over 
Narri-NarroSchwabenlandI’m a fool,
your are a fool
AhoiLudwigshafen and
in the North
 
Hasi PalauPaderbornDie Hasen.
Palau is a different
form of Helau.
Alleh hoppSaarlandLos geht’s

 

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