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Germany a carnival: women cut off ties!

14447270734978302While in Berlin, there is the sea and beaches, and there are green lawns and ponds, numerous parks, this city is a place of pilgrimage Bohemian audience. And teenagers, and veterans hangouts 25 years, and honored “pensioners”-Beatles fans 35 years – all can be found here. Fashion freaks (types, prone to shocking), transvestites, radicals, clubbers (regulars clubs), fans now popular “green” travelers are flocking to Berlin by the beginning of July to get on the famous Love Parade, which seems to have become a national treasure on a par with Ramesteine and Wagner. Love Parade – a giant techno festival, held each year on the first Saturday of July. From the Brandenburg gate through the city streets moving europlatform. On each of the DJs who play hard German techno. And next to the cars crawling crowd: tattooed people, ladies in lingerie “pulled away” beer and something stronger.

In February – March in the German cities located on the banks of the Rhine, carnival season begins. A few weeks phlegmatic Germans, and with them the tourists who come to the carnival, have fun with might and main.

Carnivals are held in Mainz (Federal land Palatinate), düsseldorf and Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia). The origins of the German carnival date back to pagan beliefs associated with the end of winter and beginning of spring. The largest carnival in Cologne: the inhabitants of this city claim that their carnival – the fifth season, the most fun and carefree. Cologne carnival, which begins six weeks before Easter, every year over 1 million tourists.

The history of carnival is as ancient as the history of the Cologne. But in the form in which the carnival is taking place now, it began to celebrate 177 years ago. Prelude to the carnival takes place three months before it begins – November 11 at 11 hours and 11 minutes. From this point there are a lot of so-called “carnival.” At meetings of large groups of several hundred people in a beautiful carnival costumes get together at long tables, where the river pours famous kölsch beer, songs, artists and bands, all joking and laughing. Its the carnival reaches its climax on one of the Mondays of February, which is fancy language is called “Rosenmontag”. This year Rosenmontag will be held February 26. Before that, on February 22, will be another very significant event – Altweibersommer. From early morning the streets of the city fill with women in fancy clothes, at 10 o’clock we meet at the Alter Markt. In 11 hours 11 minutes the crowd of women stormed the town Hall of Cologne and thus open street carnival. On this day all men are encouraged to wear ties cheaper, as women armed with scissors, cut off all ties to any men. Resistance is futile, is the custom custom.

February 26, Rosenmontag, glee reaches its highest point. As usual, in 11 hours 11 minutes starts many kilometers and hours-long carnival procession. Holiday guests are advised to come to Cologne to take the best seats. Almost all dressed in fancy outfits, conventional apparel on this day is the exception rather than the rule. Those who managed to take seats facing public string, just needed umbrellas.

Members of the carnival procession thrown into the crowd of candy and other nice sweets that are easy to collect in the inverted umbrella. On this day celebrations in Cologne continue deep into the night.

The end of carnival and beginning of lent before Easter will occur on Wednesday (Asennettu) on 28 February. On this day all draw from each other on the forehead ashy crosses, all of the restaurants and pubs of Cologne traditionally served with fish dishes. And on the space burn scarecrows are the symbols of the carnival.

Carnival in düsseldorf began two years later than in Cologne. But, as in Cologne, the carnival activities were held here every year and was interrupted only during wars and other turmoil. The carnival, held in the ruined düsseldorf in 1949, almost immediately after the war, became a symbol of the indomitable will power of the citizens.

The apotheosis of carnival in Dusseldorf is also Rosenmontag. In this day of the carnival procession length of 2.5 thousand meters, consisting of more than 60 decorated platforms, 150 horses, a dozen dance groups, musical chapels and thousands of people in carnival costumes, for almost five hours, moving through the city, throwing into a crowd of 20 tons of caramel and pounds of confetti.

For tourists the most popular carnival in Cologne. But they get there anyway, in Dusseldorf, where is the largest airport in the region.

Cologne carnival, 3–8 February, Cologne

This is the most famous and colorful in Germany February carnival, because kelinci are the most fun and witty among the Germans. Traditionally headed by the Prince, the Peasant and Beautiful maiden, who will finish the procession “carnival train”, presenting the crowd with gifts culminating in a gala day – Pink Monday. This year it will fall on 7 February. According to one version, the name of the day did not go from the rose flower, and from German rasender Montag, which means “mad Monday”. Will the burning of the carnival doll, and then comes ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. Pubs and restaurants in the days of the carnival will run all night long. Every year at the Cologne carnival attracts about a million visitors from around the world.

 

Carnivals, 5–7 February, Dusseldorf, Mainz, Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities

Maybe German carnivals and such erotic and fiery Brazilian, but incredibly fun. The protagonists of the German carnivals are becoming jesters and crackers that long before the carnival days are going in “the Guild” and guard, rehearse songs, write jokes, come up with costumes. In the early days of the carnival, they will choose a king of fools – the leader of the clowns, and the people rejoice. The events of the carnival in Mainz and düsseldorf takes place on “Cologne”, so the main event becomes famous Rosenmontagszug, Grand procession, when, nearly a ton of candy and gifts are thrown into the crowd of onlookers. In General the Germans an excellent job with the main objective of the carnival is to escape from everyday monotony, dullness and boredom.

 

The strong beer season, February 11 – March 20, Munich

The carnival is over, but cheerful Bavarians support my spirits, strong beer during lent. They are not afraid to sin, because, according to legend, permission was given by the Pope himself 900 years ago. “Be healthy, father of fathers!” – this motto of the Munich monks still comforting the residents of the city during lent, when they spend time with a Cup of strong dark beer that is specially brewed for this season.