die Bowle Das traditionelle Silvestergetränk ist die Bowle aus Weißwein und mit Obst.
Feuerzangenbowle (Flaming Fire Tongs Punch) Popular traditional German New Years drink Hot punch Main ingredients = Rotwein, Rum, Orangen, Zitronen, Zimt und Gewürznelken (red wine, rum, oranges, lemons, cinnamon and cloves)
Glühwein (Hot Mulled Wine) Popular traditional German holiday drink Heated wine beverage Basically the same as the flaming fire tongs punch, except for the rum
Was macht man, wenn es Mittelnacht ist? Man wünscht ein gutes neues Jahr und küsst sich. Man trinkt ein Glas Sekt und sagt Prosit Neujahr. der Kuss
Was wünscht man zu Silvester? Einen guten Rutsch und ein gesundes neues Jahr! Rutsch = literally means slide but is meant here as a good trip or journey in the new year
Neujahr Phrasen auf Englisch beginning of the year turn of the year end of the year in the new year in 2014 the year 2014 auf Deutsch der Jahresanfang der Jahreswechsel das Jahresende im neuen Jahr im Jahr 2014 das Jahr 2014
New Years Resolution(s)! der Neujahrvorsatz (-sätze)
Silvester (German Name for New Years Eve) December 31 st = the Feast day of der heilige Silvester (Saint Sylvester) Was a Catholic Pope (Papst) in the Roman Empire from 314 until his death on December 31, 335 Converted Emperor Constantine to Christianity = the first Christian emperor of Rome
Silvester (German Name for New Years Eve) The New Year was not always on January 1 st Used to be on March 25 th = Annunciation Day 1582 = new calendar was introduced that made the new year start on January 1 st This new New Years Eve date coincided with the Feast Day of St. Sylvester (which already existed) thats why the Germans call New Years Eve Silvester or Silvesterabend
Zwölf Rauhnächte (12 Hairy Nights) Instead of recognizing a single day as the winter solstice, the Germanic tribes observed twelve Rauhnächte – hairy nights, so called due to the furry forms of the deep winter demons. Bringing very little sun to the northern regions, the twelve Rauhnächte were considered days outside of time, when the solar and lunar years were allowed to re-synchronize.
Zwölf Rauhnächte (12 Hairy Nights) Silvester took place right in the middle of the twelve Rauhnächte and was the night of the god Wotans wild hunt, a time of particular commotion and celebration.
Feuerwerk This is where fireworks come into play Making noise is key: the ruckus of fireworks, firecrackers, drums, whip- cracking and banging kitchen utensils has been driving away evil winter spirits since the days of the old Germanic tribes
Bleigiessen = Lead Pouring Fortune-telling tradition Small amount of lead is melted in a tablespoon and poured into cold water Lead hardens into different shapes, which are supposed to be signs of what is to come in the new year Bleigiessen – YouTube Clip
Bleigiessen = Lead Pouring Example shapes and their meanings: Ball = luck will roll your way Anchor = youll need help Cross = death Eagle = career success Flower = new friendships will develop
Other Fortune-Telling Traditions Swing an object like a necklace or watch and ask a yes or no question Swings in a circle = answer is yes Swings vertically = answer is no Swings horizontally = answer is uncertain
Other Fortune-Telling Traditions Bibelstechen = involves opening the Bible to a random page, closing ones eyes and pointing to a random verse. The verse should provide some information or advice for the coming year.
Neujahrskarten (New Years Cards) Many Germans prefer to send New Years cards over Christmas cards Many use these cards to tell family and friends about events in their life during the past year
die Fledermaus (The Bat) Popular German operetta (1874) Created by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss Many parts of the story (like the masquerade ball) as well as songs from the operetta (like the Drinking Song) make this a popular choice for ringing in the New Year
im Feuerstrom der Reben (In the Firestorm of the Vines)
Dinner for One Dinner for One = 14-minute British stage sketch from the 1920s Television version first aired on German TV in 1963 Became an annual German tradition ever since Lufthansa even shows it on all of its flights between December 28 th and January 2 nd so that nobody misses it