Are you a man travelling around Germany on Thursday? If you are – beware!

This Thursday is the beginning of the end of the carnival season in Germany. The German carnival season starts on the 11th of November at 11.11am. For most of the season (which is also called ‘the fifth season’ in Germany) it’s very low key, just the odd bit of entertainment and mainly preparation for the last few days before Lent. This year those last few days start on Thursday, 3rd March. The highlights are the processions on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) and Faschingsdienstag (our Shrove Tuesday). This is the time to let your hair down and celebrate, be foolish and drink and eat before Ash Wednesday and Lent.

So, why the warning to men?

Altweiberfastnacht isn’t called women’s carnival for nothing! On this day women are allowed to kiss any man they like and they may also cut off men’s ties.

Don’t travel to Germany expecting to be kissed by every woman! The may not wish to 😉
They also may not be interested in cutting off your tie, but just in case they are …. wear an old tie!!!

(Personally, I would rather go and kiss the men – much more fun!)

Have you had your tie cut off in Germany?

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