Rome conquered Germany as far as the Elbe River , ( in the Rhineland area). The Romans took their beloved festival that they called Carnevale, wherever they went. It was accepted heartily, and to this day is still celebrated in the Catholic areas of Germany. This makes a lot of sense, because the people of the cities were ruled with an iron fist, and were couped up all winter, and needed a good release. No one understood this more than the ruling class.
So they had parades and costumes. They towns folk elected their own king and queen, and the rulers for this festival waited on the peasants! They object of the costumes was to mock the leaders and Church officials and embarrass them as much as possible. In the big halls people sit at long tables, eat and drink, sing and listen to clowns or jokers who again ridicule the whole establishment. The jokers are called “Buettenredner”. The name derives from the fact that the joker often stands in a fat, (Buett) which was used to wash the dirty laundry in. This is their aim, to wash the “dirty laundry” of the community out in the open for everyone to see, hear and laugh about. In between there is plenty of music and dancing and schunkeln, (linking arms, moving from site to site and with the rhythm of the music).
Tanz die Marktfrauen
This is a special dance from the ladies in bright costumes with a lot of fun and frivolity
and making fun of themselves and everyone ,
Watch this video
Tanz der Marktfrauen auf dem Viktualienmarkt
More about the Fasching Festival in Munich
by Rick Steves
Rosenmontag Parade in Dusseldorf
Beautiful spirit filled video of this event that starts with pre- parade preparation. Advance it 15 minutes to see parade.
A great addition to this project. The story of my heritage that is so
important to preserve and so should you. This may bring back good
memories and inspire you to write your own memories which is important
to your kids and family. SOMEDAY they will be interested.