30 December 2008

Silvester

Tomorrow is Silvester - New Years Eve. The name comes from Saint Silvester, whose feast day is 31 December. The Local, a Berlin based English language website has a good background story or the origins of Silvester and some of the traditions associated with it including 'mustard-filled doughnuts, firecrackers, and melted lead.'

Inevitably, alcohol pays a major part in the celebrations and a generous measure is available at Isartor where the world's largest feuerzangenbowle is helping keep the winter chill at bay.



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