Karneval or Fasching- Here’s how they celebrate the 5th Season!

2023 marked the 200th Anniversary of the Köln Karneval Associations! What is Fasching? And is it the same thing as Karneval? YES!  Karneval / Fasching  / Fastnacht  all refer to the pre-Lent season, and is referred to as the Fifth Season  in German speaking countries.  Think of this time as the German version of Mardi Gras. The celebrations date back…

Where to Celebrate German Karneval in the United States

Karneval like in Germany! Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration begins on November 11, the beginning of the 5th Season, when the…

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