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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.

    the “Kar­frei­tags­ratschen” — Many thanks to the rec­to­ry Sankt Maria Thal­kir­chen for the photo.


    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

Recipe collection

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. 

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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. 
  • lunar new year 2021
    We 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 Gnoc­chi
    Ricot­ta 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 Dum­plings
    It 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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