Do German Celebrate Halloween
This month is the month of make believe. Don’t you just love it. A month people from all ages can just run wild in the street wearing costume or wearing pretty much to nothing and get away with it for one magical night.
Here in Germany I am not so lucky like a lot of you:( Here we do not have Halloween. Don’t get me wrong the American tradition of Halloween is slowly being adapted here but no one go house to house to get candy. Just costume wearing and little party. The German Halloween is call Fasching (eventhough it is not the same thing but it is closet thing to Halloween for me). It is a period marked with great joy and occasion. Fasching as a term derived from the word Fasnacht, meaning “eve of the beginning of the fast.” Linguists speculate that “Fasching” also developed out of the Middle High German “vaschanc” or “vastschang” (Fastschank), which means the last drink served before the Lenten fast. Typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations with paraders throwing paper machetes on top of your head (trick) and candies (treats) throughout the crowd. With live entertainment singing and dancing. One thing I can definetly say is that German people know how to party when it is time to party. Yahooooo (thats me standing on top of a table hoping it does not come colliding down), lol.
Although the festival and party season in Germany starts on the 11 November at 11:11 a.m., the actual Carnival week begins on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. German Carnival parades are held on the weekend before and especially on Rose Monday, and occasionally on Shrove Tuesday as well in the suburbs of larger cities. The carnival session begins each year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m. and finishes on Ash Wednesday with the main festivities occurring around Rosenmontag; this time is also called the “Fifth Season.”
In Germany, two distinct varieties of Carnivals are held. The Rhenish Carnival is held in the west of Germany, mainly in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate, and is famous for celebrations such as parades and costume balls. Cologne Carnival is the largest and most famous. On Carnival Thursday (called “Old Women Day” or “The Women’s Day”), in commemoration of an 1824 revolt by washer-women, women storm city halls, cut men’s ties, and are allowed to kiss any man who passes their way.
This is my area below:)
The “Swabian-Alemannic” carnival, known as Fastnacht, takes place in Swabia (Southwestern Germany), Switzerland, Alsace and Vorarlberg (Western Austria). It traditionally represents the time of year when the reign of the cold, grim winter spirits is over and these spirits are being hunted down and expelled.