The carnival is one of the most popular and fun events not only in the Rhine area, but also in the whole of Germany and in other parts of Europe. Surely you know the American variant, namely Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) in New Orleans. Today we want to briefly talk about the custom of the carnival in Germany, accompanied by a colorful picture gallery!
Clinging to the carnival in Venice
The Carnival (Carnival, Carnival) usually takes place in February or March of each year and begins shortly before the big Lent. The first day of Carnival is the Women's Carnival, i. the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, when the street carnival is officially opened. In the Rhineland this day is called "Altweiberfastnacht" or "Weiberfastnacht". It is a popular custom to cut men's ties as symbolic female takeover on this day. We advise the men to pay attention and not wear their favorite tie that day! You dress up, wear a carnival costume or a mask and go through the noisy streets, where you walk with the colorful carnival train.
Unusual costume ideas on the streets of Cologne
The next day follows the Rose Monday (also called Carnival Monday). In the afternoon, the work is set aside and prepares for the carnival procession. The first such move dates to 1824 and was organized in Cologne. The biggest moves are still taking place in this area. As you can see in the photos, there are not only decorated motive-cars, but also pictures of political and everyday events. Each participant presents his costume, some are weird, others scary. The hustle and bustle through the streets makes for a good mood, it is much sung, danced and drunk.
Captain America costume
On Shrove Tuesday is celebrated for the last time vigorously. However, the foolish behavior is gradually brought to an end, which is why some fast-pimps wear black as a sign of mourning. Usually there is a straw doll in many places, the Nubbel, which is burned that evening. The end of the carnival is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins.
Celebration on the streets of Venice
Drummer in colorful uniforms
Drummer on the streets
Party disguise for carnival
Masks for carnival
Costume ideas from Venice
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