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Carnival in German speaking countries. (Or when the Germans go a little crazy!!). What is Carnival? . The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fast of Lent

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carnival in german speaking countries

Carnival in German speaking countries

(Or when the Germans go a little crazy!!)

what is carnival
What is Carnival?
  • The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fast of Lent
  • Traditionally, people needed to use up all remaining meat and animal products such as eggs and butter before the fasting season.
when does carnival end
When does Carnival end?
  • The celebration of Carnival ends on “Mardi Gras" (French for "Fat Tuesday", meaning Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent’s 40 days of fasting begin.
where is it celebrated
Where is it celebrated?
  • You may have heard of the Carnivals (Mardi Gras) in Rio, and also in New Orleans…..
  • Almost all of the Catholic regions and cities across the German-speaking world (and the rest of Europe) celebrate Mardi Gras in a big way.
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Some of Germany's best known celebrations are held in Cologne (Köln), Mainz, Munich (München) and Rottweil, although they all differ in style and traditions.
what do german speaking countries call carnival
What do German speaking countries call Carnival?
  • There are several different names for the celebrations:
  • Karneval (mainly in Germany)
  • Fasching (Austria, Bavaria)
  • Fastnacht (Switzerland)
so what happens at carnival
So, what happens at Carnival?
  • Traditions vary, but two things are always present: Noise and masks. The level of noise has reached new heights with the “Guggenmusik," which has been spreading from Basel to all parts of the German-speaking Europe
guggenmusik
Guggenmusik
  • Guggenmusik are groups of people who form bands for the Carnival season.
  • They originated in Basle in Switzerland, but have now become popular in many areas.
  • Each group wears brightly coloured costumes
  • They parade the streets, bars and restaurants during carnival, performing their music
organised events
Organised events
  • Different areas have different traditions for celebrating, but most have an official start of Carnival, with speeches (which often have to rhyme) followed by parades and masked balls.
cologne
Cologne
  • The Cologne Carnival, for example, involves street parties and pub parties
  • Almost everyone is in some kind of fancy dress/costume. In fact, you stand out more at Carnival time if you are not dressed up!
  • On Weiberfastnacht (women’s carnival night) women are allowed (expected!) to cut off any man’s tie – and they take scissors with them when they go out!
austria
Austria
  • On Shrove Tuesday, (Faschings Dienstag) children are encouraged to go to school in fancy dress.
  • Some adults even go to work in fancy dress too.
  • Fasching Balls are popular, with Ballroom dancing – all in costume, of course
  • Comedy events are very popular in Austria.
carnival masks
Carnival Masks
  • The use of masks is very important at Carnival time.
  • Hiding your identity abolishes social division – so everyone can party together
  • It also means that no-one recognises you – so you can do what you like!!!