"Helau! and Alaaf! - Carneval in Germany" Germany Local Custom Tip by chris.hh

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If you are traveling in Germany in ugly wintertime around in Feburary you might catch the Karneval festival that takes place in some German cities. That's the occasion to get the expierience when Germans turn out to be funny and crazy (which they are not well-known of) and of course drunk (most tourists connect Germans with their beer;-) Very famous is carneval in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Mainz further down I list some links to the different cities, some in English. In 2008 the dates are:
4th Febuary is Canival Monday (Rosenmontag)
31st January is Womens Carneval (Weiberfastnacht).

The "fifth season" starts already in November, the 11th 11, at the exact time of 11:11. I think this says enough about the seríousness of this important period in the year - at least for the "Narren" - the people who are crazy for carneval describe themselves as "fools" which is the direct translation of "Narr"...
On Carneval Monday (Rosenmontag - "Monday of Roses") there are many parades through the cities: Decorated tractor-trailers and thousands of "Narren". They throw "Kamelle" (sweets and little presents) into the masses of vistors, lots of them are masqueraded.
The Thursday before is called "Weiberfastnacht", the carneval day for the women. At 11:11 the femal carneval fools (I really hope this is the correct translation) "attack" the city hall... Men at work better wear old clothes - especially old ties and show laces - because they are Young boys in schools do not like that day too much or maybe are jealous...




If you want to look for more info in the internet these might be expressions to look for:
"Rosenmontag", "Karneval", "Fastnacht", "Weiberfastnacht", "Rosenmontagsumzug"...

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2008
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