For millions of people around the world, the Carnival season is the most exciting time of year – a whirlwind of parties, costumed revelry, and pure joy. Here in Central Europe, we mark the official start of Carnival on 11 November at 11:11, because 11 is traditionally considered the fool’s number – and foolish behaviour is what Carnival is all about. The Monday before Ash Wednesday is known as Rosenmontag or “Rose Monday,” and that’s when the fun really gets going. On Shrove Tuesday, thousands of parades wind through the streets and everybody can cut loose and be a crazy fool...until Ash Wednesday comes and it’s time to get serious again. But what does “Carnival” really mean, and why do we have this colourful celebration?
In Austria and Bavaria ...
... Carnival is usually called “Fasching,” while “Karneval” is the preferred term in northern Germany. Karneval or Carnival is derived from the Latin word “Carnelevare,” which basically means “farewell to meat.” “Fasching” comes from Middle High German “Vaschanc,” which means pouring out the “Fastentrunk,” a high-calorie beer for fasting days.
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The origins of Carnival ...
... go back to the Catholic Church and the night before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, or the time of fasting. In the Middle Ages, no one was allowed to eat meat, cheese, milk, lard, butter or oil during this long fast until Easter. So understandably, they wanted to live it up before the lean weeks began. They let the good times roll with music, dancing, and plenty of food and alcohol. Practicing Christians still see Carnival as the prelude to their forty days of fasting before Easter.
Jungle chic isn’t just for Carnival
If it rains this Carnival season, the bright new Liana model from Knirps will fit right into a colourful crowd. Inspired by the vibrant colour accents of the nineties, this stunning Knirps design expresses a yearning for exotic, far-away places. The unusual canopy print looks like the sky shining through palm leaves waving in the wind on a beach – a sky that shows all its colours, from light blue to dark red. A colourful Carnival accessory, but a beautiful eyecatcher year-round!
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