Carnival in Germany or the Germans lit!

You especially don’t be surprised if one morning he woke up and out on the street, everywhere you will meet people in fancy dress, singing some strange song. Surely you will get a feeling that the whole world has gone mad. Only yesterday everything was OK, and now your Professor from the University wearing a clown nose, and classmate actually dressed up as a pirate or even a rabbit. Tranquillity, only tranquillity, my friend. Welcome to the carnival!

In February, in the Catholic regions of Germany carnival. In different regions of Germany it is called differently. In some parts of Bavaria and Thuringia, it is called phasing (Fasching) or fastnacht (Fastnacht), in the Rhineland and Westphalia — carnival (Karneval). However, it is not celebrated in all of Germany. He was especially popular on the banks of the Rhine. Well known carnivals held in düsseldorf, Cologne and Mainz.

This is a very old holiday. It is even called the fifth season. Preparations for the carnival, believe it or not, begins in November! On 11 November, 11 hours and 11 minutes – a magical time. From this moment all over the country held the first meetings of activists of the carnival and officially announced its beginning.

Carnival festivities begin on Thursday, known as Weiberfastnacht (women’s carnival). This holiday is celebrated only by women. Incidentally, in 2014 the beginning of the carnival falls on February 27 (Thursday), and he ends March 4 (Tuesday). The celebration begins at 11:11. Ask why? The fact that the number 11 in the middle ages was stupid because it is 1 more than the 10 commandments and 1 less than the disciples of Jesus. In some cities this time chose a Princess and a Prince who “ruled” by a party. Women in “silly Sunday” has incredible power, and in order to emphasize their power and inspire more fear of the enemy (of course, men), dress up in costumes of evil spirits. Their clothes are attached bells, some even have whips, which they produce an incredible amount of noise. The main task of women in this day — to cut off men’s ties (a symbol of male power).

Friday is called “black” (rußiger Freitag). This name came from the custom, according to which people were trying to smear the faces of passers-by soot. This tradition is still very popular with children.

Followed by “fat Saturday” (Schmalziger Samstag). Schmalz means lard. This day was made to get rid of foods containing large amounts of fat.

In “Tulip Sunday” (Tulpensonntag) in many cities are children’s carnival procession.

But it was only a prelude. Its peak reaches a carnival in the “rose Monday” (Rosenmontag). I hasten to assure you that this name has no relation to the colors. It comes from the word rasen, which means to rush, rush. This day begin incredibly noisy carnival procession. At this time anyone can do anything, so get ready to literally everything! The magnitude of this celebration are fascinating. You are surrounded by people in the bright and colorful costumes, most of which are self-made, but their originality will be envied by many designers. Move through the streets decorated cars, on top of which come the clowns, jesters, Queens, princes, witches, the features and the Hellcats — all imaginable and unimaginable creatures. All singing, shouting greetings, thrown into a crowd of spectators confetti and candy. In “carnival cities” such as düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen, Mainz, Bonn, Koblenz, Duisburg this day even acknowledged informal weekends.

Finally, comes the Tuesday “before lent” (Faschingdienstag). Everywhere sells doughnuts “Berliner”, you may even come across a “donut lucky” with mustard or coin, who could be as lucky. In this day drink special strong beer. Today is your last chance to dump a load — followed by post.

The fun ends in “ash Wednesday” (Aschermittwoch). C of the day lent begins (Fastenzeit) that ends 40 days. And on change to it there comes the carnival.

Now, as they say, in brief. I’m sure if fortune smiles on you, and you will be the lucky one who will be able to be fully immersed in this festive atmosphere, unforgettable experiences and emotions are guaranteed. This is indeed a riot. Viel Spaß!

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