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Das Schaltjahr – 3 Things To Know About The Leap Year In Germany Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

A Schaltjahr (leap year) is held every four years, except century years, unless they are divisible by 400. It dates back to Roman times, and was introduced by Julius Caesar as a solution to our 365-day long year being just about 6 hours too short to be perfectly aligned with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But this day…

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Die Geschichte vom Tag Der Arbeit Posted by on May 5, 2015

Here in Germany we had a bank holiday/public holiday last Friday, on the 1st of May. This Feiertag (public holiday) happens in the whole of Germany and other surrounding countries such as Austria und Belgium. A lot of the public holidays here in Bavaria are usually religious, such as Heilige Drei Könige (literal translation: holy…

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Der Maibaum (maypole) Posted by on May 19, 2012

Today I want to introduce a German tradition to you, that takes place in May. I´m talking about the so called Maibaum (maypole). A Maibaum is a decorated tree or at least stock of tree that is usually aufgerichtet (erected) on May the 1st. In some regions it is already put up on the eve…

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