Why on earth do Germans call New Year’s Eve Silvester?

Why on earth do Germans call New Year’s Eve Silvester?

Why do Germans call New Year's Eve Silvester? And what's with all the mustard-filled doughnuts, firecrackers, and melted lead? The Local has the lowdown.

German fireworks sales fizzle on climate anxiety

German fireworks sales fizzle on climate anxiety

Majority of Germans ‘back New Year’s Eve fireworks ban’

Majority of Germans ‘back New Year’s Eve fireworks ban’

Berlin New Year’s Eve air quality ‘worst in Germany’

Berlin New Year’s Eve air quality ‘worst in Germany’

Video emerges of Cologne New Year’s Eve violence

Video emerges of Cologne New Year’s Eve violence

First suspect charged with sexual assault in Cologne

First suspect charged with sexual assault in Cologne

Cologne faces inquiry into NYE sexual assaults

Cologne faces inquiry into NYE sexual assaults

New Year sexual assaults in Frankfurt, police say

New Year sexual assaults in Frankfurt, police say

‘Warzone’ Berlin New Year video goes viral

‘Warzone’ Berlin New Year video goes viral

More than a million ring in New Year’s in Berlin

More than a million ring in New Year’s in Berlin

Police warn of illegal New Year’s fireworks threat

Police warn of illegal New Year’s fireworks threat

Record crowds awaited at Brandenburg Gate

Record crowds awaited at Brandenburg Gate

Germans ring in 2011 with a bang

Germans ring in 2011 with a bang

Merkel urges euro-faith in New Year’s address

Merkel urges euro-faith in New Year’s address

37-year-old loses hand to firecracker

37-year-old loses hand to firecracker

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines

50 years of a New Year’s dinner for one

50 years of a New Year’s dinner for one

Berlin ready for Germany’s biggest New Year’s party

Berlin ready for Germany’s biggest New Year’s party

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve

Firework truck in flames blocks A9 motorway

Firework truck in flames blocks A9 motorway