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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. The Ruhr Metropolis remains mostly peaceful and joyous.

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 2 2022

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Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

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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.

City guides for expats

Amazing Capitals Ruhr is full of insights for local international residents. It is dedicated to helping expats make choices, settle and participate. Enjoy the Ruhr region!