Happy New Year! Four days late but whatever, I’ve been busy! This year, I had the rare opportunity to ring in the New Year in a very traditional German way.
The German Silvester celebration involves a traditional Raclette dinner. Raclette is a type of cheese that is melted down and combined with other things like mushrooms, pickles, onions, potatoes and whatnots. For our Silvester dinner we put a special raclette grill on the table with all types of goodies to put in our cheese! It was my first time and it was delicious. One of my first purchases upon my return to America will be a Raclette set!
2.) “Dinner For One”
“Dinner For One” is a comedy sketch that is played every year for Silvester. Interestingly, it is a German production but the characters speak English. It’s a cute story where an elderly woman celebrates her 90th birthday with her friends… who are all dead. So her butler helps by imitating her dinner guests.
Pretty much illegal every other day of the year except for Silvester! Germans love to blow stuff up on New Years! Fireworks are illegal where I come from. Back home, we must drive far in order to buy ourselves some explosives. So I don’t have much experience in the art of fireworks. But I did partake in the fun!
|I’ve got a ROCKET!|
|Light the rocket and then run away!|
Bleigießen= Fortune telling. Another German Silvester tradition is to do a little bit of fortune telling. People take little metal pieces in the shapes of things that resemble Monopoly pieces, they put them in a spoon and melt the pieces of metal over a candle. Once the shape has been completely melted down, you then quickly dump the melted metal into a bowl of water which will quickly solidify the metal again. Take your new shape out of the water and hold it up to the candle so that it casts a shadow. From that shadow you will find your fortune!
5.) MORE FIREWORKS!
When it came time to count down to the New Year, Jan and I shimmied over to Hamburg, picked a nice spot over looking the Elbe River and we watched the fireworks. There were so many, that it was hard to distinguish which ones were lit by the City of Hamburg, and which fireworks were lit by civilians!
SO MANY FIREWORKS!