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Transcript of Cultural Identity
Germany's cultural history manifests itself in its archirecture. It is an amazing representation of all of the phases of architecture. You can see examples of this in cathedrals, castles and public buildings. One of the most well known examples of German art is the Brandenburg Gate, which was formerly a city gate, now stands to symbolize Berlin's unity during the war.
Traditions and Holidays
Germany celebrates all of the Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. The one holiday or traditition that is specific to Germany is "Unity Day." It is on October 3rd and commemorates the day that East and West Germany reunited in unity. This nation-state holiday reminds them of their unity and loyalty to their country. Germany also celebrates "Oktoberfest," which started 182 years ago. This festival has a lot of traditional food, music and dancing. The festival lasts for about three weeks, gathering the country together to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
Germany is in the center of Europe, not only geographically but also politically and economically. Germany is the second most populated country in Europe, after Russia. German culture, as a nation-state, is formed by religious beliefs, music, food, clothing, art and tradtitions.
Germans value hard work. From hearing the music, or seeing the art and clothing they create, you wouldnt expect any less. They always strive for perfectionism and precision in all aspects of their lives.
Germany is one of the biggest contributors to music in history. It is the third largest music market in the world. German-speaking musicians and composers are still very well known today. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are a couple of examples. Folk music is also still very popular to bring German-speaking communities together.
Germany recieves students from all around the world to attend its music academies and music festivals. Some of the largest music festivals in the world take place in Germany.
Cultural nationalism is a form of expressing and being interconnected with the people of a nation because of traditions, beliefs and values. Experiences shared with people of the same culture can help shape a persons identity. Ethnicity, nation-state, and language can associate a person with more than one culture.
By Laura and Tristan
Culture of Poland
The culture of Poland is strongly based on the difficulties and challenges the people faced during war. They would conserve their resources, never wasting anything. War brought people together, and families closer. Remaining unified as a nation through everything shows how well they have been able to preserve their culture for generations to come.
Music of Poland
Food of Poland
Polish music is heavily based on traditional dance. Composers such as Frederick Chopin, who wrote the "polonaise" and "mazurka" which are songs intended for dance. Rhythms in some of these songs held a pattern that resembled a military march, symbolizing war that was occurring. Although Poland has a rich history in traditional classical music, they also share a passion for other genres including heavy metal.
Lollaplooza, which takes place in Berlin, Germany has become one of the largst music festivals in the world. Over 100 different artists attend the event and it sells more than 300,000 tickets. The artists that perform, perform in both English and German among other languages.
People living in Germany use this festival to connect with both people who live in Germany and people who don't. German people see their music festivals as a place to express their culture by selling German cuisine, and other homemade items at the markets, which most music festivals hold.
Polish food is typically hardy, and made with simple ingredients. Ingredients such as potatoes, cabbage, sausage, cheese, cream, fish, and pork are commonly used in main dishes. Family gatherings were centered around food, especially during holidays and traditions.
Wigilia, occurring on Christmas eve is a religious tradition where 12 dishes are placed on a table. These dishes each represent a disciple, in addition to that an extra place setting is created symbolizing a person who might have not been able to join the celebration. Or leaving room for Jesus in preparation for his birth. All dishes are vegetarian, and include pickled fish, pierogi, and many other side dishes. This tradition brings family closer as they bond over the preparation of Jesus together.
Polish art resembles European style, however having its own unique twist to it. Influences from countries such as Italy brought about renaissance art to Poland. The Młoda Polska, meaning "young Poland" led the start of a movement of impressionist works and modern art. War was often showcased in different mediums. Art began to become more contemporary after WW2