* New Year’s Eve in German * Traditional food in New Year’s Eve in Germany * Fireworks and firecrackers in Berlin * British comedy: Dinner for one *
Chocolate Reichstag by Chocolaterie Fassbender & Rausch
As every year we spent the last and first days of the New Year with my in-laws in Berlin. Therefore I missed Silvester in Munich and so this blog entry is going to be about New Year’s Eve in Germany in general and not so specific about Munich.
For a start let me clarify that in German: New Year’s Eve is called Silvester
in honor of the IV century catholic saint and pope Silvester I. However they do not say happy Silvester to wish a happy New Year, instead they use expressions such as:
- “Frohes Neues Jahr” or shorter and more casual “Frohes Neues”
- “Alles Gute für 2013”: (literally) all the best for 2013
- “Einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr”: (literally) good slide into the New Year;
- “Prosit Neujahr”: cheers while toasting for the New Year is also very common
Besides the wishes, Silvester also means: food, fireworks, firecrackers and an old British short comedy.
: Fondue, raclette, carp and goose
are typical dishes for the last dinner of the year. My mother in-law always prepares meat fondue one year and raclette the following one. As I understand, they are both Swiss traditions but have been happily adopted by the Germans at New Year’s Eve.
Fish section in a German supermarket