German-American Catholic communities celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi in which there are outdoor processions to altars decorated with flowers. At the Epiphany, neighbors visited from house-to-house and young men adorned with paper crowns would sing in exchange for treats. The German Christmas served as the basis for the American celebrations; it emphasizes the family and the exchange of gifts; often, the Christmas tree is not illuminated until Christmas eve. German Day festivals almost always feature Bavarian dance and clothing such as thelederhosen(men’s shorts with suspenders) and thedirndl(women’s full skirt).
Check local listings for Oktoberfest. The Coast celebrates this German festival, with food, dancing, German drinks and a variety of entertainment.