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Popular Celebrations and Festivals in Germany – Part 2

Every country has at least one renowned festival and Germany is no different. Many celebrations and festivals in Germany give you a chance to immerse yourself in the amazing German culture and have fun at the same time.

The first three festivals mentioned in this lesson are the ultimate definition of fun. If you are looking to have a good time, you need to attend these fun festivals in Germany the next time you visit the country! Before we begin, click here to check out the Part 1 of this series if you missed the previous chapter.

Below are 5 Word Clouds on Celebrations and Festivals in Germany

Oktoberfest in Germany

German Festivals- Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is one of the many beer festivals in Germany that is popular worldwide. It is now the largest folk festival in the world. It starts around mid-September and ends on the first Sunday of October.

Along with lots of beer, there is also a wine tent where you can try out different German wines. The festival grounds include various rides, games and shops as well.

Clockwise from top left, the English translations of the words mentioned in the word cloud are as follows:

1. Dirndl dress 2. Leather breeches 3. Beer 4. Beer tent 5. Cheers! 6. Roller coaster

das Dirndlkleid, die Dirndlkleider
die Lederhose, die Lederhosen
das Bier, die Bier / die Biere
das Bierzelt, die Bierzelte
die Achterbahn, die Achterbahnen

Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim – German Wine Festival

Wurstmarkt- German wine festival- All About Deutsch

Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt is one of the famous wine festivals in Germany. Although Wurstmarkt literally means ‘Sausage market’, it is the largest wine festival in the world. It takes place on the second and third weekend of September.

From Rieslings to Pinot Noirs to Sekts, over 3000 different wines are served. Visitors can also enjoy live music, carnival rides, games and fireworks. This festival also includes the coronation of annual wine princess.

The English translations of the words mentioned in the word cloud are as follows:-
1. Wine 2. Sausage 3. Wine princess 4. Ferris wheel 5. Live music 6. Fireworks

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der Wein, die Wein / die Weine
die Wurst, die Wurst / die Würste
die Weinprinzessin, die Weinprinzessinnen
das Riesenrad, die Riesenräder
die Livemusik, die Livemusiken
das Feuerwerk, die Feuerwerke

Cologne Carnival or Kölner Karneval

Festivals in Germany- Cologne Carnival- Karneval

Cologne or Köln is famous for its carnival celebrations. It is one of the most happening festivals in Germany. This week-long street carnival begins on ‘Weiberfastnacht‘, the Thursday before Rosenmontag.

The highlight of Cologne carnival is the Rosenmontag or Rose Monday parade. The parade is filled with performers, beautifully decorated floats, food trucks etc. Even the spectators are dressed in colorful costumes.

The English translations of the words mentioned in the word cloud are as follows:-

1. Carnival costume 2. Parade 3. Tractor 4. Carnival float 5. Carnival mask 6. Food truck

das Faschingskostüm, die Faschingskostüme
die Parade, die Paraden
der Traktor, die Traktoren
der Karnevalswagen, die Karnevalswagen
die Karnevalsmaske, die Karnevalsmasken
der Imbisswagen, die Imbisswagen

St. Nicholas Day in Germany

Nikolaustag- St Nicholas day- Krampus

St. Nicholas day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated on December 6th. Children who have been good and well-behaved all year, receive sweets and little gifts from St. Nikolaus on this day. In some regions, children clean their shoes or boots and put them outside the door or window on the eve of December 5th.

St. Nicholas is said to be accompanied by a demonic figure known as Knecht Ruprecht or Krampus. He would carry a sack and a switch (bundle of twigs). Children who were bad all year would be given a switch or taken away in the sack.

Nikolaustag is one of the traditional festivals in Germany that is widely celebrated even today. In many Austrian and Bavarian towns, people dressed as goat-like, horned creatures run on the streets with torches and switches or whips. This show is called as Krampus run or Krampuslauf.

Clockwise from top left, the English translations of the words mentioned in the above word cloud are as follows:-
1. Saint Nicholas 2. Gift 3. Shoes 4. Krampus run 5. Switch / twig 6. Krampus

der Heilige Nikolaus
das Geschenk, die Geschenke
der Schuh, die Schuhe
der Krampuslauf, die Krampusläufe
die Rute, die Ruten
der Krampus, die Krampi

Valentine’s Day in Germany

German Valentine's day- Celebrations in Germany

Do you know how to say Happy Valentine’s Day in German? It is – Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag! Does it fall under least celebrated festivals in Germany? Well, not exactly! Germans do celebrate this holiday, but it is not as huge and popular in Germany as it is in the United States.

In this word cloud, we have listed a few common words related to Valentine’s day. Just in case you are wondering what these words are called in English, here are the translations:-

1. Date 2. Valentine’s Day card 3. Balloon 4. Chocolate 5. Love letter 6. Hug

das Date, die Dates
die Valentinskarte, die Valentinskarten
der Luftballon, die Luftballons
die Schokolade, die Schokoladen
der Liebesbrief, die Liebesbriefe
die Umarmung, die Umarmungen

This was some basic vocabulary associated with celebrations and festivals in Germany. You can also check out German vocabulary with flashcards under the Vocabulary tab here.

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