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- Customs in April
We are a multinational team … and we love it! Contact with other cultures is something we experience all the time! Easter is a perfect example of customs and traditions, and we’d like to tell you about some of those. Enjoy.
Have you ever heard of “Gockelholen” or “Karfreitagsratschen”? These are centuries old traditions and customs practiced around the Easter period. Gockelholen is a tradition where young men climb up to the windows of their sweethearts, but only if they have danced with each other during the previous year. In former times, it was important not to get caught, of course. Nowadays, the girls await their visitors with gifts such as schnapps, Easter eggs or beer. Another Easter tradition, Karfreitagsratschen [literally, Good Friday rattle], has nothing to do with a gossipy older woman but instead refers to a wooden device equipped with a crank that makes quite the racket when rotated round and round. It is sounded to call the faithful to church. It became necessary because, according to custom, the church bells must fall silent between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday, marking the time that Jesus lay in the tomb. The Good Friday rattle can be heard in the St. Maria Thalkirchen.
And there are other religious festivals that are celebrated across the world around the time of the Christian feast of Easter. In China, the Qingming Festival takes place on 5th April. This is the Chinese Tomb-Sweeping Day or Memorial Day, akin to All Saints’ Day in the Christian faith. It takes place on the 106th day after the winter solstice, meaning it always occurs sometime between 4th and 6th April. This is a day on which the Chinese remember their ancestors, tidy up their graves, and leave offerings such as fruit, food, flowers and such like. Paper forms of items are burnt so as to make these articles available to their ancestors to use in the afterlife.
Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, begins on 13th April, just a short time after Easter. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, whereby the start always rotates by about 10 days each year. Fasting is mandatory for all healthy Muslims of adult age, unless they are prevented from doing so by various things such as travel, being elderly or sick, or if they are suffering from a mental incapacity. Pregnant and breast-feeding women are also exempt. The practice was adopted by people in remembrance of the time in the Koran when the Archangel Gabriel spoke to the Prophet Muhammed. Ramadan not only requires believers to fast from food and drink, but they must also act in a moral and ethical way, and reflect on this form of behaviour. Those who observe the rules of fasting acquire self-discipline and control, while at the same time purifying their body and soul and strengthening their consciousness of God.
The Allround Service Team wishes everyone a greate festive season.
Autumn Blues and Corona Blues, too?
How to beat them? Well … we think cooking can help, so why not join us on a culinary voyage with recipes from far and near?
At the start of every autumn, our vibrantly diverse team always meet for an informal get-together at the home of Monica & Lewis Nadal. And everyone brings a typical local dish or a speciality from the home country of their partner. Sadly, the COVID regulations mean we’ve had to cancel this year’s gathering … like you’ve had to do with your own plans, perhaps.
So instead, let us invite you now to join us on a food-filled journey, where, every week, our project coordinators will be revealing their personal favourite recipe. Discover your own favourites on our cooking tour – we’d love to hear what you think and, of course, check out your recipes too. Our colleagues — who also translate the menus and recipes for the sumptuous dishes served up by a company cafeteria in Munich — will ensure everything is perfectly linguistically flavoured.
Get ready for a suprising weekend or a special meal, and get cooking too!
Your Allround Service Team
Here you can find all recipes for our delicious dishes of the Allround Service Team. Let your taste buds go on a culinary journey with us.
- Customs in AprilWe are a multinational team … and we love it! Contact with other cultures is something we experience all the time! Easter is a perfect example of customs and traditions, and we’d like to tell you about some of those. Enjoy.
- lunar new year 2021We wish our colleagues a happy lunar new year and a good spring festival. Best wishes to all the people born in the year of the ox and luck throughout your 本命年 ( “ben ming nian” — your zodiac year) 祝大家新年快乐， 身体健康， 牛年大吉，财源滚滚。
- Ricotta GnocchiRicotta gnocchi is not a recipe special to my family. Although the dish is eaten in almost all parts of Italy, it is frequently unknown to some people. To me, it recalls sweet memories of my childhood. It takes me back to my summer holidays at my grandparents’ in the mountains of Trentino, a place where I was simply just happy. A bit like Marcel Proust and his beloved Madeleine. These ricotta gnocchi awaken my mémoire involontaire.
- Austrian-style Apricot DumplingsIt is one of the traditional dishes to have its recipe kept in a safe in the Austrian National Library in Vienna, so as to preserve it for posterity.
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