Thursday’s Special: Diversity in the Karneval

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In Germany the Karneval ,which starts before Christmas on 11/11 at 11:11 am   is a very important event.  At this time the council meets wearing fools hats and performances of song, dance and comedy. Then all is quiet until after Christmas when on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday there are costume balls, street parades and is a time when everyone has fun and a few pranks. The street parades are generally held on the weekend. Along the Rhine the karneval is very important starting in around 1823 as a way to express parody and mockery and subversive anti-Prussian and French sentiments during the occupation.

I came across the Karneval in a small town fairly close to Lorsch where it is called Fasching. The diversity of the floats, from large to very small, was immense as were the colourful costumes.

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It was as though the entire town had turned out for the event despite the cold, wet miserable winters day. The excitement was electric. I was told to shout out Helau which I heard as Hallo as the floats went by. I did this with gusto and was well rewarded with lollies being thrown my way in abundance. The more I got the more I wanted and the crowd around me were amused by this Aussie girl shouting Hello louder and more often than themselves. Soon not only were the floats diverse but also the sweeties which now filled my hat as everyone around me started offloading their sweets on to me. I had a supply to last me a few years.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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19 Responses to Thursday’s Special: Diversity in the Karneval

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Cindy said it for me: What fun! Is there special food?

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    What fun! It reminds me of 4th of July parades in small-town America. Lollies included!

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  3. M-R says:

    You’ve had some fine times, Irene … 🙂

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  4. Great photos. Fasching is also huge in Austria. I found some photos the other night from Austria. It is also the ball season – the Vienna Opera Ball is a huge one and where debutants are also presented – now just a tradition, not serious as it used to be. It is a time to let go and have fun. Then Ash Wednesday it is very serious and Lent begins.

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  5. Sherri says:

    Haha 😀 You always get into the spirit of things so well Irene, this post exudes with your joy and also the image of all those yummy sweeties 🙂 ❤

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  6. JoHanna Massey says:

    Oh this is a wonderful parade. You were able to get some great photos. I like the fish best. Thank you.

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