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Carnaval, Maastricht: 5 reviews and 5 photos


Maatricht is the Dutch Capital of Vasteloavend, or "Carnaval." Being a typical Catholic festival and Maastricht being the stronghold of catholic religion, its not strange that in the netherlands this festival is being identified with the city of maastricht. Well, there is a maastricht Carnival song that says "Maastricht is one big Pub" and indeed it is. during the 3 days period (diehards make it a7 days period) the whole city is just like a circus. People dancing on the streets, music everywhere (music from local artist of Carnivalmusic) and café s that are overcrowded by people wearing their "pèkskes" (carnival suites). During these days Prince Carnaval is ruling in Maastricht. During an official "meeting" at the townhall, he - and his gouvernement called "de Tempeleers" gets the "key" of the town, t.i. from that moment on, it's one big party!!! NB: the "season" of carnaval officially starts at 11 th november, and after the carnaval (wednesday) there's the traditionally "heering biete" t.i. eating herring and bread; a catholic tradition; for one is not allowed to eat meat that day. But for ex-carnival party-people its more an excuse to continue the beer-drinker party, for as they believe "herring must swim" and in a belly filled with beer the herring will actually have a time! There are many other things related to this interesting event, like f.e. the "zaate herremeniekes and " the "groete Optocht" This, however, you only will see when you are actually going to take part in the festival. (The picture is one of the old Vogelstruys café during Vasteloavend, this is - during these days - the place from where the "tempeleers" gouvern the town!

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  • Updated Jul 29, 2004
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