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May 1 2024

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May Day or Labour Day as it is also known, has traditionally been a politically heated national public holiday in Germany. It is linked with the topics of work, human rights and freedoms. Today, many demonstrations and marches organised by unions and interested parties take place across the country.

A fun evening

Real enjoyment takes place the night before with the annual Dance into May, Tanz in den Mai. It is a very special night of celebration in many parts of Europe with roots steeped in history. In Germany traditions can also include bonfires, the wrapping of the Maypole, dancing and partying into the early hours. And for the romantics at heart, being given a tree wrapped in streamers by an admirer is considered special.

Witches night, Walpurgisnacht, was traditionally a Pagan ceremony where witches saw in the arrival of spring. It has however, changed somewhat over time and now the focus is on music and dancing the night away.

By Vincent Green, Jan 3 2022


Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version. 

Boules balls on sandy play area


Happenings vary from celebrations, marking an opening or anniversary to a market or one-off concerts and activities. Information for the expat community to acquire an insight on such unique events and gatherings large or small.

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