The Cologne Carnival
is a carnival
that takes place every year in Cologne
. Traditionally, the "fifth season" (carnival season) is declared open at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of November. The Carnival spirit is then temporarily suspended during the Advent and Christmas period, and picks up again in earnest in the New Year. The time of merrymaking in the streets is officially declared open at downtown square Alter Markt on the Thursday before the beginning of Lent
. Street carnival, a week-long street festival, also called "the crazy days", takes place between the Fat Thursday
) and ends on Ash Wednesday
). The highlight of the carnival is Rose Monday
), two days before Ash Wednesday. All through these days, Cologne folks go out masqueraded. The typical greeting during the festival is Kölle Alaaf!
, a Kölsch
phrase which can be translated as "Cologne above all!"
Every year there are 3 people (the Dreigestirn
) who are granted the titles of Jungfrau
, and Bauer
(virgin, prince and farmer), who pay a large sum of money for their privileges. The carnival prince is deemed to be the highest representative of the festivities, leading the main parades throughout the week. Traditionally, the Jungfrau
("Virgin") is always portrayed by a man dressed as a female.
As an entity, the trio has existed since 1883. In earlier times these were individual characters, but all three... Read More