Monday, February 23, 2009

But it's not time for Halloween...?

My doorbell rang and I wasn't expecting anyone so you can imagine my surprise when I saw these two adorable kids just standing there. I knew they were my German neighbour's children but I had never seen them like this. I ran into my house looking for sweets but then again, it wasn't Halloween so what was the occasion, I wondered? Never mind, I just had to take a photo with them. Too cute!! :)

Just yesterday, I ran into their parents and now it all falls into place. Now, what's the biggest celebration in Germany? A lot of us may think it's the Octoberfest but it's the "Fasching" carnival. It's like the German version of Mardi Gras and it happens every year between Jan 31st to Feb 5th.

This carnival is where normally staid Germans get dressed up in costumes, let their hair down and act a bit crazy. I love the idea of this already! Every country should have something like this ;) What fun! Apparently, in some parts of Germany, kids even stop cars on the road asking for toll money for laughs. It's the season to be foolish. Women with painted faces and fancy costumes may knock on your door and tell you jokes.

I never even knew about this but a piece of Germany just showed up on my doorstep and I feel like joining in on the fun. Maybe I should go buy myself a witch's hat and start sprinkling fairy dust all over my neighbourhood. What do you think? Ok, maybe not, chuckle. So I took a snap shot instead with my little visitors and that made me feel a part of their special carnival :)


Anonymous said...

They are SO cute!! Amy, Penang :)

Anonymous said...

Celebrate the Celebration!

AA-Shah Alam :)

Julia Jackson said...

How interesting! Always learning something new with you Jojo!

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