So today is the Rosenmontag or Shrove Monday in Germany. It is literally known as “Rose Monday”. This day is considered to be the highlight of the German Karneval or carnival. I heard over the radio that the school goers are having off from school during the Fasching days. It means they can also enjoy and party during the carnival celebration.
Rosenmontag is celebrated in mostly Germany speaking countries including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Other parts of the globe are also celebrating the carnival season especially the most famous one in Rio de Janiero and in Venice, Italy.
The most famous carnivals to be experienced in Germany are celebrated in Cologne, Mainz, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Aachen.
The highlight of the carnival is usually the street parade where you can find participants dress in colorful and fancy costumes. There are also street dancing, group of musicians playing live music and sounds, heavy drinking, decorated floats and also sweets or candy-giving or throwing especially to the kids and children. In every place, you can hear a unique shout like “Alaaf”, “Helau” and in Hemau, a town in Bavaria they cries “Tangri-Tangri”.
The Fasching or carnival ends on Ash Wednesday.