Thursday, February 23, 2006


Oh Carnival oh Carnival, what a crazy time of year;
The time before Lent to celebrate, with lots of fun and good cheer.

In Elzach they light torches and parade around the town;
They smack dried pig bladders on the pavement as the drinks go smoothly down.

In Freiburg (aahhh Freiburg) each Naaren wears a wooden mask;
Some dress like Indians and yell „oooohhhhh,“ in the US they would be taken to task.

Other towns have big parades and Anti-Bush floats too;
But this year people have been warned that Mohammed jokes are VERY taboo!

Today is Weiber-Fastnacht, the day when women are in charge;
The ladies give the kisses and cut ties, but everyone lives large.

Berlin has a parade on Sunday, but I have heard it will be bad;
I still plan to check it out. By US standards it might be rad:-)

Some say Carnival is like Mardi Gras, but these celebrations are uniquely German;
Where else would a whole town party and sacrifice a male gay virgin?

(Picture source: check out the website for more fun photos!)


At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun - Deutsch-style!

Do they still use the word "geil" for "cool"?


At 10:00 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Greetings my Nashville friend! Yes, "geil" is still used... it's one of my favorite words. A new word (for me) that I seem to hear everywhere now is "skurril," which seems to mean odd or bizarre, but in a cool way!

At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they really sacrifice a male gay virgin? Jennie

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Apparently the Cologne virgin is always a man and last year or the year before he was also gay. My mentor said it caused some discussion around town:-)

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do they know that he's a virgin?

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liked your original verse "Carnival"! Tuesday is Fastnacht Day here in PA and Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, marking the end of Mardi's great how much we all share!

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Erin said...

How do they know if he is a virgin?
I think as the Germans say "scheiss egal" it's Carnival! ("who the crap cares";-))

At 4:35 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Fat Tuesday used to be one of my favorite days when I was growing up! My Grandfather would go to Hamtramck, the Polish part of Detroit, buy jelly doughnuts called Ponczkis and leave a box of them on our front porch. The raspberry and blueberry ones were the best:-)


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