The festivals of Germany are a reflection of the spirited culture of the country. One can enjoy the enlivening atmosphere, food and diverse fantastic traditions. Merrymaking presents the land’s amazing dynamism. People of all ages come closer, strengthening the bond of humanity.
Source : arrivalguides.com Reeperbahn Festival is held in Hamburg in September. Budding musicians exhibit their talent in live concerts, and are judged on a gender-free basis making it a progressive festival. Movies, exhibitions, clubs and bars provide invigorating entertainment.
Munich Opera Festival
Source : discovergermany.com Munich Opera Festival held from June to July is organized by Bavarian State Opera. Broadway musicals, opera performances, ballets, premieres and first-time performances are a part of festivities.
Rock am Ring
Source : gettotext.com Rock am Ring is held in June in Nürburgring city and Rock im Park is held simultaneously in Frankenstadion, in Nuremberg showcasing – electrifying pop-rock to punk to metal and rap music too. Visitors shake a leg, stroll and explore the medieval castle in vicinity. Rock im Park Festival ticket ensures free rides on buses and trams for cruising the city.
Bayreuth is a summer opera festival founded in 1876 by innovative music composer Richard Wagner known for his Bavarian music dramas. Classical music lovers collect at the Wagner-designed theatre – Festspielhaus.
Source : dw.com Source : german-times.com Source: deutschland.de Cologne hosts Karneval on November 11 when streets look resplendent with colorful parades, bands, exotic costumes and terrifying masks welcoming Spring. Dance balls and floating boats on the Rhine river add to the beauty. Before Lent, a period of abstinence, people indulge elaborately in these celebrations.
Source : vistapointe.net Oktoberfest is held in Munich from September to October, celebrated first in 1810 in honor of the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig. Revellers relish roasted chickens, grilled pork sausages and beer.
Source : tasteatlas.com Since 1832, sale of sausages marked the Wurstmarkt festival and progressed to being world’s largest wine festival, in September at Bad Dürkheim with lip-smacking street food. The festival is organized in front of the largest wine barrel – Dürkheimer Riesenfass.
Rhine in Flammen
Rhine in Flammen festival is held from May to September. Cultural performances by international artists and children, vibrant display of fireworks, illuminated ship parades on river Rhine, concerts, wine and amazing food make the event spectacular.
Frankfurt Book Fair
Source : Adaptemy.com Frankfurt Book Fair begun in 1454 with a unique theme every year is visited by book lovers in October every year. Publishing companies from countries showcase their literature, sort out rights and licences and hold seminars.
Mayfest is celebrated in May with people dancing around bonfires and maypole put outside the city hall and houses, believing it to usher Spring and prosperity.
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St. Martin’s Day on November 11 honors St. Martin, a Roman soldier who became a monk and patron of needy children. It also symbolizes the welcoming of harvesting season. Children in procession, sing songs about the Saint, carrying lanterns from the church to bonfires.
Source : kitchenproject.com Schwetzingen hosts the most famous Spargelfest in May near the Schwetzingen Castle, celebrating harvest of white asparagus in spring.
Source : besttripchoices.com Onion festival, a marketplace for onion traders, revers Weimar onions, participants sporting onion garlands plaited with lilac flowers. Beauty pageants are staged, onion-flavored casserole, cake, and ice cream are consumed.
German Unity Day
German Unity Day is a national holiday on October 3, commemorating German reunification in 1990. Posters depicting a demolished Berlin wall and the hoisted national flag can be seen. Music bands, plays, poetry and food kiosks create an atmosphere of fun and frolicking. The lucky ones who get a chance to participate in Germany’s festivals feel rejuvenated and experience upliftment of spirit.