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Final Draft-Kaitlyn- pink Kristin- Green
Dear Diary,
My first day in Germany was great! I went to many activities and festivals. My favorite thing I did all day was going to a Karneval in the city of Cologne, where the biggest celebration takes place, I guess its some big holiday for Germans. I have never heard o
Karneval Parade
Karneval Parade
f them before, so I decided that I would visit the library for a couple hours before the festival started. The first thing I learned was that both the English word carnival and Karneval mean the same thing, "Meat, Farewell!". This is because the Christians were suppose to give up or eat less meat during the forty days of lent, so Karneval was a fun last chance to enjoy meat until lent started. Also many of the Karnevals are in Catholic parts of Germany and Germany is not the only place where Karnevals are celebrated. All festivals were canceled during the day
Berliner
Berliner
s of lent, so Karneval was the last day until Easter when Germans could celebrate. Poeple of all ages attend the festival
and sometimes the Thursday before Ash Wednesday they will celebrate Weiberfastnacht, this is were all women get to be tied off from there man. If they want to kiss a different man they can but manly all the girls group up and celebrate.
The word Karneval is called "Tolle Tage" which means "crazy days" in Germany. Time was going really fast, so I decided that I wanted to look up one more thing. When the holiday of Karneval starts and ends. I found out that Karneval originally starts in November but nothing happens until January or February and the last big day of Karneval is on the first Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Since I only had an hour, I packed up all my things and ran back to my friend's house that I was going with to the Karneval. I was surprised when I got there, because she was dressed up in this scary mask and clothing. She told me that many people dress up in scary clothing and accessories because of when Karneval first started hundred of years ago; after three long months of the cold and dark weather, people grew tired
external image bremer-karneval-small.jpgfrom it and thought the spring would come back earlier if people dressed up in scary clothing and made a lot of noise to scare away winter. So I decided to get all dressed up in a scary, wild costume so that I could be apart of scaring away winter. My costume was a witch mask with a pink fur suit and then I had a bright red cape over it. I was sure I was going to look bright and help scare away winter with my witch mask. Now that we were both in the spirit of the Karneval it was time to go. When we got to the Karneval it was amazing! There were so many bright colors and everywhere you looked you could see a flash of brightness. Everyone was wearing a scary mask with bright clothing, some painted their faces to make a scary clown face , so I picked my costume well. Many people were singing and screaming with excitement! After we were engaged by all the spirit we decided to go watch the dances going on, on the street. It was so hard to chose which one to watch because there were many groups of dancers to watch. So instead of picking one we climbed on the lamp post and watched all of them. The dances were so unique, you would only see these dances here at the Karneval. Soon the dancing stopped and it was time to listen to people's speeches. I guess the speeches were supposed to be funny because they all were hilarious, and no one could stop laughing. Then one person took over the mic. He was calling off names, and my friend and I didn't know what or why they were calling off people's names. So we went and asked the German translator what he was doing? The guy told us that he was announcing the best colorful, scariest costumes and also the funniest speeches. After the awards were over, our stomachs were growling from all this excitement. Since everyone was eating meat and this was a great time to stuff our faces with meat, we decided to join. My friend and I got a turkey leg and some brats. I think Germany makes the best meat ever, it was so delicious. I was still a little hungry so I decided I would like something else to eat but I couldn't decide. There was so much food and drinks but I decided that I would stop at a street stand where a young lady was selling Berliners, which is a huge jelly doughnut. I've got to say, German Karnevals have great food! While we were eating, we heard a band playing. We went over to the street to get a good seat. When the band came, it was Die Fantastischen Vier a popular band in Germany my friend said. They came loud and strong. They didn't let anything hold them back. It was like all their energy or anger went into their performance. Then all of a sudden a huge colorful parade came down the street! In the parade there was a huge float and again there was bright colors, everywhere you looked! The Parade was four to five miles long, and it went through the city with, floats, horses, bands, and jesters. In Germany it is a tradition to have a huge float and a big parade at the end of all the Karnivals. Then there was a big fancy-dress ball after. It was so much fun! We had Chicken, of course and tons of music was played throughout the whole evening. I wish we had this holidays back at home. All in all, I had a great time going to some of the celebrations in Germanny. I can't wait till next year when I come back.



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Karneval
Kaitlyn and Kristin's Paper
Monday March, 31, 09
Dear Diary,
My first day in Germany was great! I went to many activities and festivals. My favorite thing I did all day was going to a Karneval in the city of Cologne, where the biggest celebration takes place, I guess its some big holiday for Germans. I have never heard of them before, so I decided that I would visit the library for a couple hours before the festival started. The first thing I learned was that both the English word carnival and Karneval mean the same thing, "Meat, Farewell!". This is because the Christians were suppose to give up or eat less meat during the forty days of lent, so Karneval was a fun last chance to enjoy meat until lent started. Also many of the Karnevals are in Catholic parts of Germany and Germany is not the only place where Karnevals are celebrated. All festivals were canceled during the days of lent, so Karneval was the last day until Easter when Germans could celebrate. Poeple of all ages attend the festival and sometimes the Thursday before Ash Wednesday they will celebrate Weiberfastnacht, this is were all women get to be tied off from there man. If they want to kiss a different man they can but manly all the girls group up and celebrate. The word Karneval is called "Tolle Tage" which means "crazy days" in Germany. Time was going really fast, so I decided that I wanted to look up one more thing. When the holiday of Karneval starts and ends. I found out that Karneval originally starts in November but nothing happens until January or February and the last big day of Karneval is on the first Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Since I only had an hour, I packed up all my things and ran back to my friend's house that I was going with to the Karneval. I was surprised when I got there, because she was dressed up in this scary mask and clothing. She told me that many people dress up in scary clothing and accessories because of when Karneval first started hundred of years ago; after three long months of the cold and dark weather, people grew tired from it and thought the spring would come back earlier if people dressed up in scary clothing and made a lot of noise to scare away winter. So I decided to get all dressed up in a scary, wild costume so that I could be apart of scaring away winter. My costume was a witch mask with a pink fur suit and then I had a bright red cape over it. I was sure I was going to look bright and help scare away winter with my witch mask. Now that we were both in the spirit of the Karneval it was time to go. When we got to the Karneval it was amazing! There were so many bright colors and everywhere you looked you could see a flash of brightness. Everyone was wearing a scary mask with bright clothing, some painted their faces to make a scary clown face , so I picked my costume well. Many people were singing and screaming with excitement! After we were engaged by all the spirit we decided to go watch the dances going on, on the street. It was so hard to chose which one to watch because there were many groups of dancers to watch. So instead of picking one we climbed on the lamp post and watched all of them. The dances were so unique, you would only see these dances here at the Karneval. Soon the dancing stopped and it was time to listen to people's speeches. I guess the speeches were supposed to be funny because they all were hilarious, and no one could stop laughing. Then one person took over the mic. He was calling off names, and my friend and I didn't know what or why they were calling off people's names. So we went and asked the German translator what he was doing? The guy told us that he was announcing the best colorful, scariest costumes and also the funniest speeches. After the awards were over, our stomachs were growling from all this excitement. Since everyone was eating meat and this was a great time to stuff our faces with meat, we decided to join. My friend and I got a turkey leg and some brats. I think Germany makes the best meat ever, it was so delicious. I was still a little hungry so I decided I would like something else to eat but I couldn't decide. There was so much food and drinks but I decided that I would stop at a street stand where a young lady was selling Berliners, which is a huge jelly doughnut. I've got to say, German Karnevals have great food! While we were eating, we heard a band playing. We went over to the street to get a good seat. When the band came, it was
Die Fantastischen Vier a popular band in Germany my friend said. They came loud and strong. They didn't let anything hold them back. It was like all their energy or anger went into their performance. Then all of a sudden a huge colorful parade came down the street! In the parade there was a huge float and again there was bright colors, everywhere you looked! The Parade was four to five miles long, and it went through the city with, floats, horses, bands, and jesters. In Germany it is a tradition to have a huge float and a big parade at the end of all the Karnivals. Then there was a big fancy-dress ball after. It was so much fun! We had Chicken, of course and tons of music was played throughout the whole evening. I wish we had this holidays back at home. All in all, I had a great time going to some of the celebrations in Germany, I can't wait till next year when I come back.



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Notes:
Starts at the end of January and the beginning of February People of all ages dress in bright costumes and wear bright makeup. Stores and restaurants hang bright streamers and people dance in the streets and have huge parades. Karneval originaly started in November but nothing happens till january/february. This time of Karneval is called "tolle tage" which means "Crazy days" in germany. Last day is when there is a huge parade with floats. people march while wearing bright costumes and masks. Many people eat BERLINER which are plump jelly doughnuts that street stands sell durring the holiday. The celebration of Karneval first started hundreds of years ago becuase after 3 months of cold and dark weather people had grown tierd from winter. To try to make spring come back earlier the poeple dressed up in scary masks and costumes and made alot of noise. So they thought if they were scary enough they could scare winter away. Both the english word and karneval mean the same thing, an latin word that means "meat, farewell!" This is beacuse christians were suppost to give up or eat less meat durring the 40 days Lent so Karneval was the last chance they could enjoy meat until lent started.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival-
While the starting day of Carnival varies, the festival usually builds up to a crescendo in the week before lent, ending on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In the Ambrosian rite of Milan (Italy), the carnival ends on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. In areas in which people practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Carnival ends on the Sunday seven weeks before Easter, since in Eastern tradition Lent begins on Clean Monday.
Most commonly the season begins on Septuagesima, the first Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In some places it starts as early as Twelfth Night (January 6) or even in November. The most important celebrations are generally concentrated during the last days of the season before Ash Wednesday.
Germany, especially the western part (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) is famous for Karneval celebrations such as parades and costume balls. Cologne carnival is the largest and most famous. Cologne, along with Düsseldorf and Mainz, are held in the public media to be Germany's three carnival "strongholds". However carnival celebrations are widespread elsewhere in the region, in places such as Wattenscheid, Hagen, Krefeld, Aachen, Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Bonn, Eschweiler, Bocholt and Cleves. In parts of East and South Germany and Austria the carnival is called Fasching and especially Munich developed a special kind of celebration. In Franconia and the southwest-parts and also some other parts of Germany a carnival is called Fastnacht or Fasnet.
Although the festival and party season in Germany starts as early as the beginning of January, the actual carnival week starts on the Thursday ("Weiberfastnacht") before Ash Wednesday. German Carnival parades are held on the weekend before and especially on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the day before Shrove Tuesday, and sometimes also on Shrove Tuesday ("Faschingsdienstag") in the suburbs of larger carnival cities. The carnival session begins each year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m. and finishes on Ash Wednesday with the main festivities happening around Rosenmontag; this time is also called the "Fifth Season."
While Germany's carnival traditions are mostly celebrated in the predominantly Roman Catholic southern and western parts of the country, the Protestant North traditionally knows a festival under the Low Saxon names Fastelavend [ˈfastl̩.ˌɒːvm̩t], Fastelabend [ˈfastl̩.ˌɒːbm̩t] and Fastlaam (also spelled Fastlom) [ˈfastl̩ɒːm]. This name has been imported to Denmark as Fastelavn and is related to Vastelaovend in the Low-Saxon-speaking parts of the Netherlands. It is traditionally connected with farm servants or generally young men going from house to house in the villages and collecting sausages, eggs and bacon, which was consumed in a festivity on the same evening. While going from house to house they wore masks and made noise. The old tradition vanished in many places, in other places under influence of German carnival traditions it came to resemble carnival with its parades.

Starts at the end of January and the beginning of February People of all ages dress in bright costumes and wear bright makeup. Stores and restaurants hang bright streamers and people dance in the streets and have huge parades. Karneval originaly started in November but nothing happens till january/february. This time of Karneval is called "tolle tage" which means "Crazy days" in germany. Last day is when there is a huge parade with floats. people march while wearing bright costumes and masks. Many people eat BERLINER which are plump jelly doughnuts that street stands sell durring the holiday. THe celebration of Karneval first started hundreds of years ago becuase after 3 months of cold and dark weather people had grown tierd from winter. To try to make spring come back earlier the poeple dressed up in scary masks and costumes and made alot of noise. So they thought if they were scary enough they could scare winter away. Both the english word and karneval mean the same thing, an latin word that means "meat, farewell!" This is beacuse christians were suppost to give up or eat less meat durring the 40 days Lent so Karneval was the last chance they could enjoy meat untill lent started.


Notes:

http://www.spielmannszug-mn.org/History.htm
Many people in the United States are familiar with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but few are aware that in Europe, Karneval and Mardi Gras have been celebrated for centuries. The Grecians celebrated Mardi Gras in the form of Spring festivals as early as the 6th century B.C. In medieval times the "Feast of Fools" was celebrated as the last opportunity for merrymaking and excessive indulgence in food and drink before the Solemn Lenten Season. In some areas of Europe the Mardi Gras became a theatrical demonstration that denoted the common people's satire on the monarchy and its oppressive government. It was an effective way of mocking the government without being punished. Thus the humorous jabs at the drudgery of everyday life; the 'sinister' prime minister (our Elferrat) representing the royal cabinet; the fun loving Garde; the Policeman (Schutzmann), and the Master of Ceremonies all mimicking the royalty of medieval times, who lived in grandeur at the people's expense.
n the 'Karneval' government, the number eleven plays a key role in the Mardi Gras ordinances. The first "official" day of Karneval is on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. All gatherings and proclamations are supposed to begin at the eleventh hour in the eleventh minute. There are eleven ministers in the cabinet (Elferrat). Some of their honorable titles include Minister for the Lonesone Ladies, Minister for the Inebriated, Minister for the Feinschmecker, and so on.....

http://www.mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au/la/lote/german/links/topics/karneval.htm
Carnival season is a time of wild fancy-dress parties and costume-balls, which are open to the public. Carnival reaches its climax in big street processions with elaborately decorated floats, usually on Rosenmontag. Carnival celebrations happen mainly in the Catholic parts of Germany. Nevertheless, Karneval parties do occur in some places in the north of Germany. The Köln carnival involves heaps of street-parties and pub-parties, with people disguising themselves in all sorts of ways. In fact, on Rosenmontag you stand out as unusual if you aren’t wearing some sort of mad costume or haven’t painted a clown-face on yourself. At the parades and costume-balls people are dressed as sheiks, Vikings (with hairy coats and horned helmets), Attila the Hun, clowns and harlequins, devils, witches, animals, or fruit, and in many other creative ways (see the picture collections). Köln’s many Karneval associations put a lot of effort into building and decorating the floats for the Rosenmontag parade.

http://hs.riverdale.k12.or.us/~dthompso/german/karneval/
It's a festival that has many names. In some places it is called Fasching, in others it is called Fastnacht or Fassenet. In some places, including New Orleans, it is called Mardi Gras. But in K�ln (Cologne) the party is known as Karneval.In January and February, many meetings take place, with much drinking, singing, swaying arm in arm, and laughing. Folk characters tell their funny stories and sing songs. The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is known asWeiberfastnacht (Women's carnival). On Friday and Saturday big fancy-dress balls take place. On Sunday afternoon the quarters of the city and the schools have their special street parades. The official parade on Monday is the climax of the Drei tolle Tage (three crazy days). The parade is four to five miles long, and winds through the city with floats, horses, bands, jesters, and the Fools Guild in traditional uniforms. Dense crowds on the sidewalks laugh, drink, sing, flirt, scream, and try to catch candy raining down around them. The city is turned upside down, and business comes to a stop.


http://www.mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au/la/lote/german/links/topics/karneval.htm
wild partying before Lent begins. Ugly masks worn for this purpose are still worn in carnival festivals in southern Germany. Karneval can be traced back to pagan Roman festivals, which may explain why Köln and Mainz, two ancient cities with Roman history, have such big
carnivals. In the Middle Ages, Karneval gave the people a break from the tightly structured class system, as they were able to hide their social background behind imaginative masks and costumes.
Poor people were able to mix with all other levels of society and share fun with them. In those days people would dress up as knights,
damsels and even priests, as a way of making fun of them. In a similar way, people these days sometimes wear masks which make fun of well-known politicians or celebrities.
It is a great honour to be a member of the Dreigestirn, and they are elected each October from the members of Köln’s 105 historic carnival associations.The Köln carnival involves heaps of street-parties and pub-parties, with people disguising themselves in all sorts of ways. In fact, on Rosenmontag you stand out as unusual if you aren’t wearing some sort of mad costume or haven’t painted a clown-face on yourself.

ALL THE INFO. I FOUND IN THE BOOK!!!!

  • end of Jan. or the begining of Feb. is when it all starts
  • Dress up in bright costumes, painting their faces, and dancing in the streets
  • Everywhere you look you will see bright decorations
  • Karneval is also called Fastnacht or Fasching
  • Supposed to start in Novemeber but it never happens
  • Tolle Tage means "Crazy Days"
  • Oh the last day of Karneval there is a big parade with floats
  • people march in the the parade wearing bright costumes and masks
  • bands are always in parades
  • people are awarded for craziest costumes and funniest speeches
  • they eat and drink a lot too
  • there are more than 4,000 organizations which arrange and organize German carnivals
  • The well know Carnival is held in the cities of Achen, Mainz, Dusseldorf and Benn!