Today is called the Rosenmontag in Germany’s Fasching season. This is the highlight of the German Karneval, known in English as carnival. It is similar to the Halloween celebration of the Americans considering the costumes worn by those who participate this celebration. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.
Rosenmontag is considered to be the “fifth season of the year”. Clubs organize “sessions” which are show events called Sitzung with club members or invited guests performing dance, comedy and songs in costumes. We have been watching the various “Sitzung” in the different programs in German television since the past two weeks. Among the few ones that we watched were from Mainz, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and in Franken part of Bavaria, Germany. You will surely have a lot of fun if you watch this Fasching program. You need to understand German for you to relate on it. I am glad that I can already speak and understand basic Deutsch (German).
During the Fasching or carnival season, most school are closed especially on Rosenmontag and Thursday before Rosenmontag. I guess this is due to the many events and celebrations going on during these days. Carnival is not really a national holiday in Germany.
During the celebration especially on Faschingszug (carnival parade), you can find people particularly the participants wearing fancy costumes, dancing, singing, drum and bugle groups, floats with colorful decorations, can be experienced during this event.
I have been to many carnival parade in Bavaria, Germany. One of the places where we experience it was in Dietfurt, a town in the district of Neumarkt, Bavaria. I wish I can visit some of the famous carnivals in Europe like in Venice (Italy), Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf.