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…

This is a wagon with a political statement: a locust devouring money (bankers were compared with locusts in the hightime of the financial crisis).

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

2 responses to “The crazy days are over”

  1. Brad Shorr says :

    Hi Ulla, I for one welcome a (temporary) end to craziness. Lent is a time for spiritual rejuvenation, something we can all use.

  2. Rich G. says :

    Sie wohnen im Mainz? Ich ware im Worms von 1981 – 1986 und ich habe alle mein Deutsch vergessen.

    I was in Worms for high school and some middle school. My parents were teachers in Germany. I loved it there, especially the towns of Worms and Mainz. They had Dom’s after all and were real cities! Wir hatten Freunden im Osthofen und haben unserer rad gefahren nach Mainz und zuruck.

    OK. I’ll stop now. Your English beats my German into submission. We once rode our bikes from Osthofen to Mainz and back to Osthofen in the fall. It was a long ride, but it was not as long as when we rode in The Netherlands.

    We used to take spring break in Ostfriesland on the island of Norderney and loved it. I would love to go back.

    Great memories of the Rheinland Pfalz area. It was a beautiful place to grow up.

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