Stuttgart HELAU – Karneval in Stuttgart (or Fasching or Fasnet)
....and the best thing about it – on Weiberfastnacht you can officially cut off* the your husbands/boyfriends/colleagues (dreaded) necktie....
(*just make sure they somehow agree so you do not get into legal trouble.)
....and the kids love it, as they can collect many sweets & wear their special fancy dress.
...and I love it, as this is the time to eat BERLINER or KRAPFEN.
Here is more about Karneval/Fasching from me – a Nordlicht (a Nordern light - coming from Northern Germany and also a little clueless and fascinated by this German tradition)
If you're in Stuttgart during the Stuttgarter Karneval, you will know.
Best to know a little before the whole 5th season,as Germans also call it, starts.
Many streets come to life with colorful parades (the bigger ones with floats), loud music, crazy (in a good way) people in fancy dress and celebrations.
During the parades sweets are thrown from floats and also from windows.
And for the children there are many Fasching parties to dress up and have fun, too.
So what is this all about?
In short: festivities pre-lent celebrated in the predominately Catholic regions of Germany.
Historically, the purpose of Karneval was to live it up before the start of Lent and its 40 days of sacrifice. In old times people refrained from drinking alcohol or eating meat, milk products and eggs. Nowadays you can fast on anything you choose. My kids (and I) try to fast sweets (well at least reduce them).
In pre-Christian times, Karneval celebrations symbolized the end of winter, driving out all of its evil spirits. People wear scary masks, to "scare" away these spirits. The Karneval in Southern Germany often reflects these traditions.
In the Rhineland we find another tradition. Out of protest against French oppression after the revolution, Germans from Cologne and surrounding areas would mock their politicians and leaders safely behind masks during Karneval. Even today, caricatures of politicians and other personalities can be seen boldly portrayed on floats in the parades or mocked about in the so called Büttenrede (which you can see on German TV a lot during the Fasching Season). The Büttenrede is a Karneval tradition of humorous, rhyming speeches. It began in Cologne and is very famous the area of Mainz as well.
The actual DAYS
Offical begin in most regions is on Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. or the day afterHeilige Drei Könige(Epiphany) - Jan. 7. If you are really into it, it is worth going to Cologne on Nov. 11th. But this is just a pre-celebration – until the real one starts.The days of the big celebrations vary each year depending on Easter. The Faschings week, is the week before Ash Wednesday and starts with the Thursday before.
Weiberfastnacht / Schmutziger Donnerstag (old womens fasching / dirty Thursday) – Thursday before.
The necktie-cutting is a symbolic way of putting men into place – women often dress up as witches and give out a lot of kisses (again make sure the other party agrees…) The day usually ends up in a bar celebrating.
There will be lots of different parties and parades on the weekend to follow.
Rosenmontag (Rose Monday)
The day the largest and most popular Carnival parades take place.
Fastnachtsdienstag / Faschingsdienstag (Shrove Tuesday)
Highlight of the celebrating with parades and parties.
In Stuttgart there is a big 14:00 - 17:00 Fasnetsumzug downtown starting at the Wilhelmsbau from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) – time to recuperate and start lent.
Costumes and where to get them from
You can be anything you want (military is not common though). This year apparently Flamingos are quite trendy as is the 80ties style with big glasses, moustaces, wigs..., the 60ties and food/sweets.
Around the time of Fasching you can see a variety of seasonal baked goods in the bakeries.
They are called Krapfen or Berliner. You can find them without filling, the traditional ones with a filling of strawberry or raspberry jam or fillings of custard, chocolate, egg nog ....
Basicalls they are the German answer to Donuts.
Famous Faschingsumzüge (Parades) in and around Stuttgart:
Weil der Stadt
The parade in Weil der Stadt is really famous with 50.000 people, 60 floats and 2000 Narren. From this year on they are protected as Unesco world cultural heritage!
23.02.2020 at 2 p.m. – market place Weil der Stadt – entrance fee 3 Euro.
Especially for children on the 25.02.2020 at 2 p.m
Neuhausen auf den Fildern in another highlight.
23.02.2020 starting at 13:33 (1:33 p.m) – entrance fee 3 Euros.
The parade on Faschingsdienstag in Stuttgart downtown is really famous and not only for children. Be aware that it is really crowded and positively crazy, if you go with younger children.
Children might be intimidated by the big parades - here some option especially for children:
Kinderfasching – fancy dress party in a building like a gym or community center.
Faschingsumzug – fancy dress parade outside (make sure to dress in warm layers and let your kids take a bag to collect sweets)
15:00 - 18:30 Großer Kinderfasching für die ganze Familie Kinder- und Jugendhaus Stammheim, Stuttgart-Stammheim
14:00 Kinderfasching mit den Clownies Österfeldhalle, Stuttgart-Vaihingen
14:30 Kinderfasching Körschtalhalle, Stuttgart-Plieningen
14:30 Kinderfasching des CQC im Kursaal Kursaal, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
14:00 - 17:00, Kinderfasching Filderhalle, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
15:00, Kinderfasching Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle, Stuttgart-West
14:00 - 16:00, Fasching on ice skates Eiswelt Stuttgart, Stuttgart-Degerloch
14:00 - 17:30, Traditioneller Kinderfasching Turn- und Festhalle Feuerbach, Stuttgart-Feuerbach
15:11, Großer Kinderfasching des FCC Alte Kelter, Fellbach
13:31 Kinder Rosenmontagsumzug in Stuttgart Sillenbuch on the main street (closed of for cars).
13:15 - 17:00 Kinderfasching des Rosenmontag Stgt. 1922 Stuttgarter Liederhalle, Stuttgart-West
14:00 - 17:30 Kinderfasching Jahnhalle , Gerlingen
14:00 - 17:00 Kinderfasching Osterfeldhalle, Esslingen
14:33 - 17:30 Kinderfasching im Liederkranz Botnang Liederkranzhalle Botnang, Stuttgart-Botnang
15:00 - 18:00 Kinderfasching im EkiZ: Nirronarro, Helau und Alaaf
EkiZ Eltern-Kind-Zentrum , Stuttgart-West
14:00 Uhr, Kinderfasching Stadthalle Ditzingen, Ditzingen
13:00 - 18:00, Kinderfasching Kongresshalle Böblingen, Böblingen
13:30 - 17:00, Kinderfasching Osterfeldhalle , Esslingen –Berkheim
13:30 - 17:00 Kinderfasching MV Stetten/Filder e.V. Festhalle Stetten , Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Stetten
13:33, Kinderfaschingsumzug Ortskern , Neuhausen auf den Fildern
14:00 - 17:30, Kinderfasching Jahnhalle , Gerlingen
13:00 Marbacher Kinderfasching Rathaus Marbach, Marbach
http://www.faschinginstuttgart.de(go to Veranstaltungen)
Facebook: Fest-Komitee Stuttgarter Karneval e.V.
February 2020 by Kira Neumann
This post has been prepared with the greatest possible care and does not claim to be correct, complete or up-to-date.“
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