German traditions

You’ll find plenty of cafés scattered across almost every town in Germany. On any given afternoon, you’ll likely discover them bustling with people sharing a tradition that’s become a core of everyday German life.
February 2 is Groundhog Day back home in the states. On the day, a furry mammal will shake off its deep winter sleep long enough to emerge from its burrow.
German New Year’s Eve is also referred to as Sylvester Night. Named after a fourth century pope, the Feast of Saint Sylvester falls on December 31st. Saint Sylvester left a memorable mark in history after allegedly healing from leprosy and baptizing the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. 
With their fiddly little windows opening up to reveal a treat for each December day in the run-up to Christmas, Advent calendars are a gift that keeps on giving, at least for 24 days.
Widely celebrated in Germany, St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag) is a Catholic feast day dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. Martin was born in Hungary, in 316 A.D., and as a teenager joined the Roman army, becoming a soldier as his father had.
Not only is Nov. 11 Veterans Day (U.S.) and St. Martin's Day (Germany), it also marks the beginning of the "fifth season" in Germany.
While you’ve probably heard about Germany's  May day and the poles that go with it, have you heard of the night where witches dance on mountain tops when it's not Halloween? On April 30 each year, the pagan festival of Walpurgis Night takes place.