In Germany, Carnival is a big thing apparently as almost everyone goes out to party, celebrate, cheer, drink, dance, party some more. It has its own name called Fasching or in other regions it has a similar name such as Fassenacht, Fasnet, Fasnacht, Fastelavend, etc. In Germany, Carnival week starts on the Fat Thursday before Ash Wednesday so all the days in-between are for nothing but for celebrations. But in actuality, the reasoning behind such a celebration is actually lost and it’s thought that people began such festivals was to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of the growing season. Hence, people called this period, the fifth season. Another reason to party and celebrate, huh?
In Mainz, Germany, there was a big parade to celebrate Fasching where people went out dressed as different characters and in a wide variety of costumes while waiting for the Parade to show up with their marching bands, cheerleaders, and numerous floats all which numbered over 160 of them! In a city such as Mainz where over 200,000 people live in, there was quite a few people out there to celebrate the event. I felt as if the city showed its true colors unlike at the FSV Mainz game that I went to.
Some people say that Germans are not funny, well, that’s not entirely true because of the floats that I saw out there were ridiculously funny. I saw a great one with Donald Trump’s face imposed on a bull’s body farting at the world. I take it that people have some fun in some creative matters out there particularly when it involves politics and religion.
I remember being in Panama when they had Carnival but compared to Mainz’s celebration – there was no competition. Mainz’s was far better. And I’m sure that Brazil has an even bigger one than anyone does but for some people who cannot make that long-distance trip, it’s probably better to stay at home and celebrate since it’s in their backyard.
Tip: If you are planning to go to Germany, make sure you know when Fasching is. A lot of stores and restaurants are closed during this time especially if a parade is being planned to go through that area. However, if you are planning to go to Fasching, make your bookings early because some of the hotels will be sold out as people tend to show up to party all night long which also means there will be some loud nights and possibly even sirens of police, ambulances, fire trucks, etc. And most importantly, watch where you step because I’m sure that you will encounter some vomit somewhere along the streets.