German Craziness Part 1: Karnival

We all know that Brazil is very famous for its Carnival. But Germany has its own Carnival (Karnval), too. 

When I was a kid I went to a lot of parades. We had parties in Kindergarten and school. I loved it. Sometimes I miss being a child because you can wear whatever you want (but to be honest, no one cares during the fifth season of the year)

The fifth season of the year aka. Carnival in Germany.

Carnival is one of the most celebrated events in Germany. 

It starts before Christmas on November 11th at 11:11 am (elfte elfte elf Uhr elf). with the official meeting of the Elferrat (Council of Eleven). After this day it gets a bit quiet. The official active festivities start after the three kings on January 6th.

The members of the council wear Narrenhüte (fool's caps). They also organize a show called Prunksitzung with invited guests performing dance, songs and also comedy. Of course everyone is dressed in costumes.

The most famous regions for Carnival are North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. During this time there are parades and costume balls.

There is also a special day for women called Weiberfastnacht (the day when women are in control). Women usually bring a pair of scissors to work and cut off the men ties. 

Karneval is fun and if you should be in Germany during the fifth season of the year, you should dress yourself up and enjoy the German craziness ;) 

Germany Alaaf! 

(Residents of Cologne use the word Alaaf as their Carnival salutation. This word originated in Cologne and comes from all af or alles ab/weg (everything gone) referring to the clearance of “luxury” items often found at parties. Additionally, Cologne residents will often include the name of their city (in their own dialect) before the salutation: Kölle Alaaf!)

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