The crazy days are over
Some regions of Germany celebrate “Fasching”, “Karneval”, “Fassenacht”. It is difficult to describe it to someone who is not from Germany, but I will try.
It is a time where people dress up as pirates, sheiks, cowboys, clowns, knights and monks or as princesses, she-devils, spanish ladies – only to name a few examples. They go to events where funny songs are sung, a lots of drinks are consumed, and some people on the stage make witty remarks about politicians.
Last Thursday was the first highlight of the crazy days – it was “dirty Thursday” or “Weiberfasching”. ( “women’s carneval”). In Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz (cities situated at the Rhine) work stopped at 11.15am. Ladies, young and old, rushed into the office of the mayors’ of the three cities and got the city’s keys as a sign for giving in to the “crazy people”. Then they cut off the ties of every male they could get their hands on. (Those men of course knew what was going to happen that day and wore the ties they wanted to get rid of). Then everybody went out into the streets, having a glass of prosecco, of beer, or whatsoever, and moved about, singing and dancing.
On the following Monday there were big parades through the streets of Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf. I enclose a photo taken in Mainz which gives you an impression of the parade.
Of course the crazy days are over now. It is Ash Wednesday – time to fast and prepare for Easter…