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Don’t put away your Mummers costume just yet, KARNEVAL is coming!!!! That’s right, Germans also have their “Mummer-like” celebration known as Fasching. The actual celebration takes place 40 days before Easter; the last big party before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Kicking off with “Women’s Karneval” on Thursday before Ash Wednesday. Ladies, this is your day: You can kiss any man you like after cutting off his tie.

Starting at 7:00PM
1/2 price Kölsch Bier for ladies night!
Enter to win a Kegerator – Raffle at 10:00pm
(1 ticket per Kölsch or 5 tickets per Kölsch Kranz)
Kostume Kontest – Win a $50 Gift Certificate
Also indulge in Fasnachts (fried doughnuts tossed in powdered sugar and mace). 1/2 dozen $8 or full dozen $14

Fasching or Karnival celebrations stem from various beliefs and needs. For catholics, it provided a festive season of food and fun before the Lenten fasting period would begin. During the late medieval times, plays were performed during the Lenten period called Fastnachtspiele.

In pre-Christian times, carnival celebrations symbolized the driving out of winter and all of its evil spirits. Hence the masks to “scare” away these spirits. The carnival celebrations in southern Germany and Switzerland reflect these traditions.

Further, we have carnival traditions that can be traced back to historical events. After the French Revolution, the French took over Rhineland. Out of protest against French oppression, Germans from Cologne and surrounding areas would mock their politicians and leaders safely behind masks during carnival season. Even today, caricatures of politicians and other personalities can be seen boldly portrayed on floats in the parades.

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