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Post Waldchestag and Other German Holidays
Created by John Eipper on 08/23/17 1:55 PM

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Waldchestag and Other German Holidays (John Heelan, UK, 08/23/17 1:55 pm)

Noah Rich asked on 23 August: "So I ask all those out in WAISworld, what kind of odd holidays do countries you've been to celebrate?"

When we lived near Frankfurt, we enjoyed Wäldchestag, when work stopped at midday and everybody went for a pleasant walk in the woods. Another odd holiday in Bavaria was at the end of Fasching-Rosmontag, held on Shrove Tuesday the day before Lent begins. Studying "Carnival" in various countries, the ritual and mores of Fasching itself--and Rosmontag in particular--fascinated me. One of the rituals on that day (in Munich anyway) is that any man wearing a tie is likely to be confronted by a woman wielding a pair of scissors with which she cuts off the loose end of the tie. It always seemed to me a symbolic castration of males before the start of Lent.

(Don't get me started on Spanish pre-Lenten carnival rituals and "The Burial of the Sardine"!)

JE comments: My tie (I'm back at the College now) cringes as I edit this!  (It's kind of old and ugly anyway.)

Remember folks:  Buttered corn tonight.


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