Good Friday and Easter, Christ's crucification and resurrection, are the highest holidays in the Christian churches and celebrated with festive sevices and masses. The Catholic churches usua Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- Spring[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/871166/4394148-Th..ers-Germany.jpg thumb=http://photos.travel Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- The Fifth Season: Karneval - Fasching - Fastnacht
The so called "Fifth Season" is the craziest time of the year. Carnival takes place on the weekend before the beginning of the Lent. If your calendar does not show the dates, look up the Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- January 6: Epiphany, and the Star Singers
A Star Singers' blessing
The Christmas season officially lasts until Epiphany, also called the Day of the Holy Three Kings, on January 6.
In the Christian churches Ja Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- Silvester - New Year’s Eve
New Year's Eve fireworks in Marburg
While Christmas is a family affair in Germany, Silvester is big party time. From clubs and pubs to fancy restaurants and posh hotels Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
Christmas Eve 1971, when I got my first bicycle
Christmas Eve is the main event among the Christmas holidays in Germany. In the afternoon everything closes down. S Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- Advent - Time of Preparation, Time of Christmas Markets[b]Preliminary Note:
This blog will take you through Germany not in the three dimensions of geography, but in the fourth dimension: Time. It will take you on one full circle round the sun, and presents German holidays, traditions, customs and Posted by Kathrin_E in Germany's Calendar | Feb 13, 2017
- Weil am Rhein: Burefasnet One Week Later Than Everyone Else
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- Konstanz: The Cutest Jester Policeman
Many jester guilds have a policeman or bailiff as a persiflage on state authorities who is in charge of law and order, the jester version of law and order of course. The one in Konstanz is, Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 9, 2017
- Freiburg im Breisgau: 35 Guilds and Counting
Freiburg hast he biggest and most varied parade in the whole of Baden-Württemberg. The city itself is home to 35 (thirty-five) jester guilds, called Narrennester. All of them organize Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 8, 2017
- Haslach: Walking Wine Barrels
I visited Haslach on a Sunday in late January, a couple of weeks before the High Days. The tree was already up in the square. People in strange dress assembled around food and drink stalls Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 6, 2017
- Wolfach: A Lovestory from the Black Forest
[float=left][/float]Wolfach’s Fastnacht involves an open-air theatre perf Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 5, 2017
- Oberwinden: Village Fasnet with a Big Bang
The village of Oberwinden in the Elz valley is one of many nice villages in the Black Forest that won't be described in Rick Steves and other Five-Star-Sights-Only touris Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 5, 2017
- Singen: Hairy Bears
Singen am Hohentwiel is known for three things:[float=right][img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/871166/Hohentwiel2.jpg thumb=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/ Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 5, 2017
- Zell am Harmersbach: Snails, Playing Cards, Corn Leaves
Coloured paper, cards, corn leaves or snail shells - can you imagine that these are used to make suits and hats? Of course people don't dress like this all year round. Only for three days per Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 4, 2017
- Gengenbach: Witches, Spättlehansel, Klepperle and Lumbehund
Gengenbach's carnival called „Fasend“, not „Fasnet“ as in most of the Black Forest and beyond. Tradition dates back to an event of the year 1499, when some citizens of the town decorated a big r Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Feb 4, 2017
- Trains, Planes & AutomobilesMy first trip to Bavaria in 2017.
Remarkably, all the travel went according to plan!
This trip involved 2 cars, a bus, a plane and 2 trains. It gave plenty of scope for problems.
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/871145/large_223858067974 Posted by IainT in Here, and Sometimes There | Feb 4, 2017
- Various Organizational UpdatesSo I have many updates - which is good, because it is less than 3 days until I will leave for Tokyo!
The collegue organizing my stay in Tokyo is worried about me being overwhelmed by the city and all Posted by Toni_goes_Japan in Toni goes Japan | Feb 1, 2017
- Schramberg, Bach-na-Fahre: Are They All Crazy???
Yes, Schrambergers are all crazy, judging from the event this town is most famous for. Schramberg is The Hometown of Bach-na-Fahre.
Schramberg is an innocent-looking small town in t Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 29, 2017
- Villingen: One of the Oldest, and Unique
The Narrozunft (carnival guild) in Villingen dates its foundation to the year 1584. This makes Villingen one of the traditional centres of the alemannic Fastnacht or, i Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 29, 2017
- Oberndorf: The Most Nourishing Parade
Oberndorf is a small town in the upper Neckar valley, situated between Horb and Rottweil, which is known for two things: the gun factory Mauser, and its Fastnacht (carnival) traditions. I ha Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 28, 2017
- Überlingen: Hänsele Dance and Whip Cracking
Überlingen is one of the centres of the Alemannic Fastnacht, the regional variety of carnival. These activities date back to the 15th century. Carnival feasts were first mentioned in 1474, in Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 28, 2017
- Elzach: Beware of the Schuttig
The small town of Elzach at the far end of the Elz valley is famous for its ancient carnival traditions. Here you can watch the alemannic Fastnacht at its best, and scariest. Elzach is one o Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 28, 2017
- Rottweil: The Capital of Alemannic Fastnacht
If there's any alemannic Fastnacht that's widely known and even shown live on TV, it's the Narrensprung in Rottweil in the morning of carnival Monday. Rottweil's fame is justified. So far Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 28, 2017
- ViererbundFour of the five oldest, proudest and most traditional Narrenzünfte in Baden-Württemberg have associated in the 1950s and formed the so-called Viererbund, the Alliance of the Four.
[b]The Viererbund members are: Rottweil, Elzach, Oberndorf, and Überlin Posted by Kathrin_E in Alemannic Fastnacht | Jan 28, 2017