Holidays in Rhine Ruhr

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New Year

New Years Day tends to be a more quiet affair with many bars, bistros and restaurants discovering various ideas to cure a hangover. For Germans, making and breaking New Year’s revolutions is high on the list of things to do, with losing weight and abstaining from alcohol the most popular.

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Easter

Whilst most believe in the Easter bunny, some enjoy eating chocolate Easter eggs, while others love to colour real ones. They can be hollowed out or previously boiled. In Germany there is a long-standing ritual of hiding eggs for children to search out.

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Labour Day

May Day or Labour Day has traditionally been a politically heated national public holiday in Germany. The real fun starts the night before with the annual Tanz in den Mai (Dance into May). It is a very special night of celebration in many parts of Europe.

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Halloween

A celebration that has returned after a long time from America and become very popular. People love to party in Rhine Ruhr and Halloween has become a great opportunity. Many varieties of pumpkins are on sale as well as fancy dress for those who love to dress up.

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Saint Martins

St Martins is mostly recognised by processions of young children weaving along pavements carrying paper lanterns that are lit either by real candles or small battery powered bulbs. Due to the dark time of year, this creates a wonderfully magical atmosphere.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Germany compares little with the American celebration on the fourth Thursday in November but harvest celebrations hold a long tradition here too. Wine producing areas celebrate grapes being picked and Alpine regions reaping of grain.

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Saint Nicholas

In Germany children position a plate or one of their boots in front of their bedroom door on the evening of December 5. As tradition goes, if they have been kind or well behaved then sweets or small gifts will be left overnight by the mysterious Saint Nicholas.

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Christmas in Rhine Ruhr

At Christmastime in Germany the evening of December 24 is the major day of celebration and togetherness, traditionally reserved for family gatherings. Eating together and exchanging gifts next to the Christmas tree form the highlights of the Christmas festivities.

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