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Bavarians

BavariansBavaria is the largest state of Germany, situated in the south-east of the country, extending from the North German Plain up to the Alps in the south. It is home to over 12.6 million people. Bavaria is what many non-Germans probably have in mind when they think about Germany. Ironically, much of southern Bavaria has more in common culturally with neighbouring Austria and Switzerland than with the rest of Germany. This stereotype includes Lederhosen (leather trousers), sausages and lots of beer. Bavarians are the proudest of all Germans. Locals are loyal to their roots and traditions. Bavaria is also the most autonomous of German states, and many Bavarians see themselves as Bavarians first and foremost, Germans second.

Social Markers/Identity MarkersMany Bavarians hold high pride for their identity markers. They inlcude their Bavarian flag, lederhosen worn by men,and dirndls worn by women.They also pride themselves for Oktoberfest, an annual celebration of harvest and Bavarian history. Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, the capital of Bavaria.

Language:Bavarians may sound like they speak german, but in actuality, they have their own dialect called: "bayerisch". In contrast to many other varieties of German, Bayerish differs from Standard German making it difficult for native speakers to adopt standard pronunciation. In schools there, Standard German is taught, eventhough Bayerish is spoken at home and socially.

Dirndl- traditional dress for females.

History:Bavaria has always had a central place in Europe: at the meeting point between North and South, East and West.Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe dating right back to the 6th century AD. The state began in 555 AC where the Duke of Bavaria ruled over the land under the Roman Empire. From the Middle Ages up to the beginning of the 19th century Bavaria was a powerful and mighty Dukedom first under the reign of the Guelph dynasty. Bavaria was a kingdom for over 100 years, from January 1, 1806 to November 8, 1918. The six Bavarian kings reigned as constitutional monarchs.

Youtube video highlighting Oktoberfest

King Ludwig

Values:Bavarians value religion more than other regions in Europe. More than 52% of Bavarians are Catholic and hold conservative values. Celebrations are integrated heavily into the Bavarian society. They celebrate the history of their culture and the famous one is Oktoberfest.

TraditionalBavarian Catholic Church

Food:Underlining themes in all Bavarian cuisine are: using fresh produce that is locally sourced, complementing any meal with delicious Bavarian beer or Franconian wine. Most meals include a main staple of meat including bratwurst and weisswurst (sausages). Lebkuchen are also popular- they are a traditional gingerbread cookie.

Conclusion:Germany’s largest and southernmost state is a land rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and lively traditions. Bavarians are a friendly, easy-going and diverse folk. The natives of Bavaria are known for their individuality and customs. These traditions are relived all year round. Festivals are part of Bavaria’s everyday culture. Bavaria’s ties to its traditions and history are demonstrated in the architecture and are still evident today in the Bavarian way of life.

Kyle Edelman Period 2 Culture Research Project


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