New Year in Germany - Anything good on TV?
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
New Year in Germany - Anything good on TV? Frankfurt am Main Reviews
Dec 31, 2006
When planning on celebrating New Year in Germany here are a few things you should know:
a) Germany is shut: This may sound odd but when I was there in 2006 virtually every shop, restaurant, bar, café and attraction shut down for two days on the 31st Dec and 1st Jan. This may have been influenced by New Years Eve being on a Sunday this year but even so, it did seem a bit weird. Obviously if you look hard enough there were a few of the big, trendy bars open in the centre of Frankfurt and the odd restaurant here and there but that was about it. Compare that to England where even the smallest bar is thronging until the early hours taking in more money over the bar in one night than they probably do in the whole of January. You’re missing a business opportunity there Germany...
b) Dinner for One: Instead of going out on New Years Eve it seems that everyone in Germany has house parties and sits around watching a bizarre music hall sketch called 'Der 90 Geburtstag' or 'Dinner for One'. This comprises of a black and white film about an old woman who celebrates her ninetieth birthday with her seemingly even older butler. As Miss Sophie's four best friends are now long since dead the butler is forced to drink all their drinks and make their toasts through each course of the meal. He gradually gets drunk and stumbles about doing comedy trips over a stuffed tigers head carpet.
And that's it. It's about 20 minutes long, in black and white and in the original English.
And the Germans apparently love it. It's on every year on virtual constant rotation on New Years Eve and people get together to have parties where they watch it, laugh hysterically and drink the same drinks along with the actors as it goes through. (I know this as I saw a documentary about it prior to one of it’s showings.)
"Same procedure as last year Miss Sophie?"
"Same procedure as every year please"
c) Fireworks: The traditional way to celebrate New Year is to let off fireworks at midnight. Unlike the UK however this isn't a case of an organised display or you and your mates letting a few off in your garden. No - this involves everyone congregating in certain part of the town e.g. in the town square, on the river bank etc) with their own box of fireworks and setting them off together. And there doesn't seem to be any idea of the firework code - no keeping them in biscuit tins, lighting them at arms length and retiring to a safe distance for these fellas. Oh no. Everyone simply lugs them around in rucksacks and plastic bags and just sets them off in the crowd. Firing rockets parallel to the ground and chucking lit fireworks over peoples heads seems a particular favourite. The Green Cross Code man would have a fit - I know he was crossing roads but I'm sure he'd take a dim view of this type of firework malarkey as well...
Part of the 'Dinner for One' - A Very German New Year! travel blog
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