German Holidays By: Savannah Gery, Brooklyn Hobbs, happiness franklin, imani jones


In general, Karneval is the word used for the Rhenish (Rhineland) version of carnival in northwest Germany (except in Mainz),while the word Fasching refers to the similar celebration in southern Germany and Austria. The big day for Karneval is the Rose Monday parade, whereas the big Fasching parades are usually the day before, on Carnival Sunday. (The big final parade for Mardi Gras in New Orleans is on Shrove Tuesday.) But one of Germany’s biggest carnival parades takes place in the northern German city of Braunschweig, also on Carnival Sunday. Called “Schoduvel” (“scaring away the devil”), the Braunschweig carnival dates back to 1293.

Karneval in Köln

Karneval is also known as "fifth season." Karneval starts at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of the 11th month, so November 11th at 11:11. The Karneval Spirit stops for Advent and Christmas and then picks ups after Kings Day. Street carnival, a week-long street festival, also called "the crazy days", takes place between the Fat Thursday (Weiberfastnacht) and ends on Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch). The highlight of the carnival is Rose Monday (Rosenmontag), two days before Ash Wednesday.


Typical Fasnacht parade as it is in the South of Germany, Every year the Fasnacht associations gather for parades which attracts hundreds and thousands of people. Almost every village has its own association and look at the costumes. They are hand made, hand painted and done by German artisans.


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