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Carnival is not celebrated everywhere in my home country. But when you are in the right area, you can`t miss it! It is quite a happening, especially in the South in the provinces of Limburg and Brabant. I live in the east, and it is not such a big celebration here, except for the town where I used to live : Oldenzaal! Wow, the whole town turns into one big party. And that is not for just one day, it starts on a Thursday and goes on until the next Tuesday.
Everyone wears silly clothes, and goes to the pub or anywhere else where there is a party.
In Oldenzaal there is a big parade on the Sunday. About a 100.000 people visit our little town and help us celebrate. On the Monday there is the childrens parade and on Tuesday evening they close the carnival celebrations on the town square with `bokverbranden`. It is a tradition that varies from town to town, but in Oldenzaal they burn a goat of wood and have beautiful fireworks after that.
If you are in a city that celbrates carnival like in Oldenzaal, you have to be aware that a lot of shops are closed on the Monday.
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