Friday, February 1, 2008
Carnival Season - Hellau and Alaaaf
You gotta love coming into work and being greeted by a manager who is handing you a freshly baked, still warm jelly-filled Krapfen (click to learn more). That’s the moment you realize that it is Carnival season (click to learn more) again here in Germany. It is also called the “fifth season” and starts on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. and finishes on Ash Wednesday, though the main events go down the Thursday before Ash Wednesday up to that very day.
Thursday is “Womans day” and you can totally go around and cut off men’s ties with a pair of scissors. Last night the company had a huge launch and a few ties came off right then and there. The following days are filled with dressing funny, parades and snogging strangers at alcohol fueled parties. Quite a few marriages or relationships do not survive that season and I can confirm that a previous relationship was a victim of Carnival as well.
In the past I have had my share of kissing strangers and having some fun but I am not so stupid to ruin a relationship over it. Now that I am happily married I don’t even want to partake in the craziness anymore.
There are quite a few regional differences in how Carnival is called and celebrated. So it is called Karneval, Fastnacht or Fasching depending on where you live. The area where we live calls it Fasching and it is customary to have Krapfen then. They are jelly filled donuts and very yummy. When I was younger I would love Carnival season but I think I have kind of grown out of it.
Nevertheless it is a great time and I will make sure to watch out for some really funny fancy dresses.
posted by kat