Silvester is the German name for New Year's Eve owing its name to the 4th century Pope Sylvester I. But despite the Christian name, many German New Year's traditions go back to the practices at the pagan Rauhnächte of heathen Germanic tribes that took place at the end of December and beginning of January.
As in many other countries we like to have parties on Silvester with fireworks and 'Böller' (firecrackers) at midnight. Every year Berlin hosts one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in Europe which is attended by over 1 million people and has its focus on the Brandenburg Gate but personally I prefer private celebrations with fireworks in the back garden. Also at midnight we toast with a glass of Sekt (German sparkling wine) or champagne.
|I couldn't get hold of a picture of Berlin so here's a view towards Bonn city from my parents house.|
|Dinner for One - Freddie Frinton and May Warden|
|Now try to tell your future from this peace of lead at the bottom.|
By Micha L. Rieser (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
So have a Guten Rutsch! everyone and if you have a spare 18 minutes lean back, make yourself comfy and watch Dinner for One
[via thelocal.de, wikipedia.org]