India Festival in Frankfurt

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India Festival in Frankfurt: India at a glance

Frankfurt celebrates India at Rossmarkt. The Indian Consulate General in Frankfurt and the Friends of India Group presented this year’s India Festival with a lot of cultural performances on the 31st August in Frankfurt am Main. The motto of this year’s event was „Unity in diversity“.

The open Air event was supported from India Tourism, the city of Frankfurt, Indian cultural associations and media partner Antenne Frankfurt and Apna Frankfurt. The Consulate General Ms. Pratibha Parkar ignited ceremonial lamps during the event. This is a typical tradition in India. It stands for a new beginning. One says it brings a lot of light and luck into life. Also present were Mr. Stephan Siegler (CDU) Frankfurt’s principal city councilor und Mr. Kerry Reddington, entrepreneur and deputy Chairman of the local foreigners in Frankfurt.

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City trip Bucharest

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City trip Bucharest: A weekend in Paris of the East

Beautiful old buildings from Jugendstil (art nouveau) to Bauhaus, sacral buildings from many epochs, besides buildings that survived the old communist system, buildings that look like old ancient temples, modern buildings – the architecture is influenced by many styles.

It feels a little bit like being in Paris, in the Balkans and in the Orient. Starting in the morning with beautiful spring weather we stroll along in the direction of the old town. On our way we get of the track and walk through backstreets that sometimes give me the feeling like being in a little village.

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Mantı: Turkish pasties

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Dinner with friends – how Mantı came from Mongolia through Turkey to Frankfurt

A friend of mine had wished for Mantı from our friend Arzu when he last visited Frankfurt. Out of that came a great, funny and interesting evening with exciting conversation, new culinary delights and experiences.

 

Mantı are small pasties filled with minced meat. They are served with a garlic-yoghurt sauce and topped with a butter and tomato/pepper sauce. Arzu explained to us that it is believed that they are originally from Mongolia. From there, they came by Turkic people to todays Turkey.

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Turkish Henna Night

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Habits  Customs  Traditions

Turkish Henna Night: An Ottoman hen night

It’s a bit like in 1001 Arabian nights. Strolling across a red carpet, past golden oriental columns, I walk up a stairway to the hall. On the dance floor, beautiful Muslim women are dancing to Turkish/Arabic music with the dazzlingly beautiful bride-to-be in the middle.

 

Behind the parquet, there are seating rows with women and mothers with children having lively conversation. There are only women attending the party. Except for the henna ceremony, the groom is allowed to join. The hall is gorgeously decorated in an oriental style. Everything is kept in red and golden shades. The colour red symbolises fertility and stands for a loving tender relationship, many children and prosperity. 

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Raksha Bandhan

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Intercultural Calendar

Raksha Bandhan: A ritual about the unique bonding between a brother and a sister

Raksha Bandhan is a special hindu festival. The festival is celebrated by many Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

 

This is a beautiful tradition: The sister ties a rakhi, a ritually blessed bracelet, around the wrist of her brother confirming the connection her sisterly love and expressing her blessing. Afterwards she hands over sweets to her brother. Typically, traditional sweets are Ladoo, Rass Malai and Rasgulla. Then the brother offers gifts and promises to protect her for his whole life.

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Thai Park in Berlin

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Thai Park in Berlin

 

Thailand Flair in the capital

A culinary highlight for all Asian food and culture lovers is the authentic, lively Thai Park. Thai women prepare delicious Thai food under colorful umbrellas.

 

Entering the Preußenpark is like drifting into another world. The air is filled with the aroma of traditional Thai dishes, fried vegetables,  Tom-Kha-Gai soup, Thai curry, fish or even locusts for the culinary courageous. Everything is freshly prepared on little hot plates in the park. One can stroll along, enjoying the atmosphere and all the culinary highlights or just relax on the sunbathing lawn.

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Carnival of cultures in Berlin

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Carneval of cultures in Berlin

Carnival of cultures: The whole world comes to Berlin as a guest

This weekend the whole world met in Berlin letting us take part at a festival of different cultures and cuisine accompanied by music.

 

The street parade, the highlight of the carnival of cultures, presented itself exquisitely colourful and extremely lively with participants from all over the world. Accompanied with bright sunshine, the parade ran through Kreuzberg with Brazilian samba, traditional Chinese lion dance, West African drums and Albanian folklore giving an insight view into all these beautiful, different cultures through dance and music, through traditional dresses and costumes. In between all this political messages got across peacefully.

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Maroua Coffee – Arabic Pop up Café in the Café Opitz in Frankfurt

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Algerian sweets

Maroua Coffee: Arabic coffee culture meets Frankfurt

An arabic day in the Café Opitz with Maroua Coffee, arabic sweets, oriental music and henna tattoos.

 

Today you are listening to oriental music in the Café Opitz. There are a lot of algerian sweets like Makroud, a paste of durum wheat semolina with dates or almond stuffing, Sablés a la Confiture, a butter biscuit or Feqqas an almond paste biscuit. A culinary delight for the sweet-toothed. For the lovers of savoury food, there are tasty filled puff pastries served with delicious Maroua Coffee. Either with or without milk.

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