Thursday, February 19, 2009

Women's Carnival Day

This taken from the German Tourism Website:

This is the day when you can experience the Carnival in its traditional form. Early in the morning, the streets are alive with ladies in fancy-dress on their way to the office, their place of work or to the shops, and from 10.00 a.m. they all usually head towards the town centre or town hall. At 11.11 a.m. the street Carnival is officially opened by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the Peasant and the Virgin.

On this day women assume complete power for the day. Any man foolish enough to wear a tie on this day runs the risk of having it cut off just below the knot. In the evening countless parties and masked balls are held and men are, of course welcome to join the celebrations provided they foot the bill for all the women’s drinks.

The kids all went to school today and got out at 11:11 am. They had big parties. And they all dressed up. Even Ian had play group this morning and had to dress up for the occasion.

Most of the women from our little village are going to the bar tonight to celebrate the Women's Carnival Day. It starts at 7:11 pm. But most of my friends are not going until 8pm. I haven't decided to go or not. In a way it is nice to go out. But on the other hand, it is hard because I can't follow all the conversations all the time. And then they talk about things I have no idea about. And then of course, they all drink and I don't. I just feel out of place sometimes.

Anyway, Here are the pictures of the kids:

Emma as a Unicorn

Ian a Bumble Bee

Hannah is Pippi Longstocking

Shantal as Susan from Narnia

Spencer is The Pacifier, from the Movie with Vin Diesel


G in Berlin said...

Great costumes! Looks and sounds like great fun. I hope you went out and had a good time- I know my mother in law did.

Paige said...

Wow. I never knew about this holiday!

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