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Carnival Expelling Winter Spirits In Germany


Carnival Expelling Winter Spirits In Germany – For celebrations Idn Sports carnivals that are held or usually called the time of celebration in Germany, such as in the city of Cologne for example.

At the height of the 5th season celebrations in Germany, the cities along the Rhine will be filled with people using various types of costum which are very unique and strange if we imagine. Starting from the old, young, big and small, for gender there is also no obstacle, everyone can join women and men in having fun and having fun.

On Monday there was something unusual about that morning, namely the train we were riding to the city of Cologne was filled with people who were already dressed and wearing various types of costumes with different shapes. Not only parents, but even a lot of children use unique costum so it looks very cute with colors.

When the train to Cologne city arrived, all the passengers moved down and walked out of the station, then the passengers joined the thousands of residents who were also dressed very unique and were partying. They also enjoyed various types of music, as well as dancing and while welcoming the parade of dozens of carnival vehicles that were convoying through the city streets.

Fasching Carnival Expelling Winter Spirits In Germany

The highlight of the 5th season celebrations in Germany is especially interesting, because the cities along the Rhine are filled with people. The city of Cologne is located in the northern state of Rhein Westfallen and is one of the most lively locations for carnival season in Germany.

Monday is the day of the biggest parade which is usually called the Rosenmontag (Monday Rose). The carnival session will end on Wednesday which is also called Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday). After that Wednesday there will be no more parades or celebrations for the people living in Germany.

Then during the Rosenmontag parade, candy and sweet foods will be thrown from the parade vehicle at the people enjoying the celebration along the parade route. From children to adults, they were very happy during the carnival. Especially when the parade was passing and the people in the parade started distributing snacks, candy, vegetables, chocolates, Koln perfume to various other kinds of toys.

Young and old, big and small, men and women, all joined in the joy of the carnival. Apart from Rheinland, carnival is also celebrated in other parts of Germany, but under a different name, such as “Fasching” which is known in southern Germany.

Carnival Season In Germany

Carnival in Germany, which is often referred to as “season 5”, is entering its peak. Cities along the Rhine will be filled with people in strange costumes.

Köln, the capital of the Carnival Carnival celebrations take place in cities on the banks of the Rhine. But the biggest celebration is in the city of Cologne. Nearly the whole town was swept away in the frenzy of Carnival. Don’t be surprised if people are seen laughing and drinking on the street or on public transportation. If someone spontaneously takes your hand and asks you to dance, don’t be surprised. It was common during the Carnival season.

Then what can be witnessed? The answer is below:

  • Can be kissed, her cheeks are red
    Don’t be surprised if you suddenly get a kiss on the cheek from someone you don’t know, boy or girl. It’s also common during Carnival days. To his fans, it is a sign of the Carnival spirit of friendship. So get ready!
  • All kinds of costumes
    Anything is okay. That’s the motto of costumes during Carnival. so it’s up to you to dress as you want or imitate whom. Carnival is not only celebrated on the streets, but also indoors, in restaurants and bars.
  • Ready for noise
    One of the most important musical instruments is the hammering drum. During the Carnival parades, the music doesn’t stop playing, and it’s usually quite loud. People dance spontaneously on the street, dancing and rocking into the night.
  • Come on in the fun
    If you want to meet Germans and join parties, go to a pub or a teahouse. Carnival parties take place in every district throughout the city. The drink that continues to flow and is most in demand is the Köln-origin beer, called Kölsch. Almost every city in Germany has its own beer.
  • Dance floor
    During carnival times, there are usually only tables in the pub. The rest is the dance floor. There is food served, but don’t expect warm food. Usually only cold bread. If you want to drink, don’t wait for the waiter to come to order. Beer will be circulating in glasses, most of the time, all you have to do is pick it up, but of course it’s not free.
  • Big parade Monday Carnival
    The biggest day of the parade is Carnival Monday, which is called the Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). In addition, there were parades of all kinds in this part of the city, until Tuesday, including the parade of school children. The carnival session will end on Wednesday, which is called Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday). On this day, there are no more parades or Carnival costumes.

History of Carnival In Germany

In Roman times it was known as Saturnalia, after the harvest every year thousands of these farmers gathered and held a party to thank Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture who had made their fields fertile and provided bountiful and satisfying harvests.

The entire townspeople celebrate Saturnalia, a carnival-like festival. At this three-day feast the slave and master switch roles. Masters will serve their slaves and vice versa.

Since the conversion of Christianity, Fasching or Mardi Gras is a festival that symbolizes the night before Lent on Ash Wednesday. People want to party and have fun before observing the 40 day fast leading up to Easter.

That’s a little of the explanation about the carnival that is often held every year in Germany. It is interesting not if there is a country that has time to make various types of celebrations so that it can make people in that country more socialized. Hopefully this article can be useful in increasing your knowledge. Thanks.

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The Photograph Of The 3rd Carnival Fair


In the days when few families had their camera, in contrast to the days when any cell phone can take hundreds of them, some privileged ones were lucky enough to pass through any Studio during one of these Carnival days in your town or city and pose for that huge machine with a man or a lady, hidden behind it and covered by a long black cloth. Over the decades, the costumes chosen by the parents changed so that the boys could pose for posterity on that Carnival day.

The four photos we present today are from four different generations but all of them still following the usual pattern, which was the fisherman, the musician, the fairy and the Nazarene.

The boys are Luís Furtado in 1947, António Clareza in 1951 and the girls, Sofia Silva in 1971 and Telma Madeira in 1980.

It goes without saying that today, in general, it is children who choose the costumes and that they fall on their heroes from the television cartoon series or the heroes of the 7th art of today.

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The Louletano Who Died In TITANIC


It was 12:15 pm on April 10, 1912 when the largest and most luxurious transatlantic ship was anchoring for its first voyage. Southampton, England, was teeming with excitement among the passengers who were going to inaugurate the Titanic, the family and friends who watched them leave or the simple curious delighted with the fame already achieved by the ship. It would be short-lived. Just four days later, the Titanic would be sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, along with thousands of people. Of the four Portuguese on board, one was from the Algarve and three were from Madeira. None survived the greatest peacetime maritime disaster.

José Joaquim de Brito began the great journey that was his life at 6:00 am on April 16, 1880 in São Clemente, Loulé, according to the parish book. The date of the tragedy is on the eve of turning 41 years old. In 1912, José de Brito, married, was a 1.62m man, with gray eyes, brown hair, long face, regular nose and mouth. This was the description that was based on passport number 325 given by the Municipal Archive of Faro, and published by the magazine’Saturday ‘.

Armed with this passport, the Algarvian would embark at Southampton. The final destination was São Paulo, Brazil, where he intended to meet with his parents, who lived there and where he himself had lived. But instead of buying a direct ticket between England and Rio de Janeiro, a regular career at the time, the Algarve decided to take a detour with a ticket in New York. José de Brito bought a 2nd class ticket, which means that he enjoyed a reasonable standard of living. The website Encyclopedia Titanica, which gathers information on the ship’s more than 1300 passengers, reveals that the Algarve had ticket number 244360, which cost 13 pounds at the time, which would equal 1212 euros today. The last address indicated was London and the contact was Fred Duarte, residing at 34 Mulgrave Street, Liverpool. The latter wrote the letter to Jornal de Notícias.

Before embarking on the Titanic, José de Brito was already a traveler. It is not known how but from the Algarve he traveled to São Paulo, where he worked in a store. He later went to Italy and then to England, where he found work at the Pinto Leite & Nephews bank branch, which had offices open in Liverpool, Manchester and London. It was in this last agency that this two years, where he “reached general sympathies”, according to a report by mr. B da Silva Salazar, who wrote to Diário de Notícias.

The ticket for the second class, meant that José de Brito would travel with some comfort. Your room would have a desk, sofa, closet and bed linen changed every day. Stewardships inferior to the 1st class of the Titanic, but similar to those found in the best rooms of other ships of the time. Open to the public, it also had a smoking room, library, dining room and covered deck. What was missing was a ticket for the other classes: 1st and 3rd, where the three Madeirans traveled, also killed in the greatest maritime disaster in peacetime.

The names of José de Brito and the remaining 1316 passengers, and the almost 900 crew members, which included Captain Edward Smith, could have stayed in history as the first to complete the Titanic’s maiden voyage. But on the night of April 14, 1912, everything precipitated. It was 11:40 pm when the indestructible ship hit an iceberg. Edward Smith had ignored warnings from the SS Californian, a boat passing through the area, for the existence of large blocks of ice.

On a dark night, with no clouds on the moon and calm waters, the Titanic, a name that derives from the word ‘titan’, the first passengers to wake up for the tragedy were those of the 3rd class. The ship had hit the iceberg and large bodies of water and ice began to penetrate the indestructible ship. Shortly after 1:00 am on April 15, the Titanic submerged in Atlantic waters.

It is not known what happened to the Portuguese. If the bodies were trapped in the ship because there was no passage between the different classes, in particular to the 1st where the lifeboats were, which as it turned out were insufficient to evacuate all passengers, or drowned in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The bodies were never recovered and, if they were, it was impossible to identify them, as can be seen on the page Encyclopedia Titanica.

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OS AMOLA – SCISSORS Dying Profession


They have been said to be extinct for some years.

When the few that are left, pass to the streets of our cities, towns or villages, playing their flutes and extracting from them that well-known high-pitched and unmistakable melody, there are still those who come to the window or the door of the house to see them pass by, or even to ask them to sharpen the knife or scissors that over time have been in a bad state to be used.

The scissors are accompanied by a bicycle and a wheel made of stone. There is still a certain fascination in many of us, which certainly comes from childhood, when we see the stone coming out of contact with metal, small sparks that remind us of the firework primers that were formerly bought by popular saints.

Certainly this old profession will not last long, since today a knife or scissors can be acquired quite easily and at low prices. It will be less and less likely that someone will wait for sharpening scissors \ knives to sharpen them because when they no longer fulfill their function, they are thrown away and others are bought.

For the time being, which I photographed yesterday, continues to make his rounds through the city streets, making himself announced to the sound of his old flute of unmistakable sound.

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The Last Assembler


At Rua dos Almadas, in Loulé and which was formerly known as Rua do Arco do Chafariz, we find a small typical and familiar space where D. Maria Encarnação do Nascimento, known as D. Sanita, works as a gatherer.

As soon as he left school, he immediately went to learn the trade, because the harshness of life and the circumstances of the times required it. But Dona Sanita confesses to us, with her radiant sympathy: “My dream was to go to a daycare to take care of children, but life was not easy and I needed to win, times were very poor”. Now retired with a modest pension, she remains attached to the art of sewing and assembling, releasing an outburst: “I will die at work”.

Born and raised in Loulé, on Rua do Poço, she has worked in stores since she was a girl and girl, but for more than thirty years she has been installed in this corner, close to Rua das Lojas, where she combines work with a taste for socializing, as many regular customers they stop at door 10, not only to order some service, but also for two friendly chatting fingers.

In the past, there were many shoemakers and traditional shops and people used to go to the “village” to shop and find shoes or clothing. Even today, he has some fixed clients who ask him to make sheaths or fasten them, make small arrangements. There are clothes with a special meaning, with sentimental and affective value for those who have them. Footwear no longer fixes, only clothing, because the machine that is standing there does not work for lack of a piece.

About Loulé and the Louletans, he considers that times have changed habits and customs and that in the past there might have been more ties of affection. “It was another time. People helped each other more, they were more friendly with each other ”.

It is a pleasure to speak with D. Sanita for her affability, for her sweetness, she is a very dear and esteemed figure in the city. And that space so cozy, that attracts the attention of any visitor who passes by, is a space where affection.

And the taste for the craft are mixed with a visible devotion to Nossa Senhora da Piedade, the Sovereign Mother, patron of the louletanos, patented in the various images that decorate the walls of her friendly “workshop” and that stand out among the machines, the scissors, the lines and other utensils and pieces that also have their history.

At Rua dos Almadas … in Loulé, life has a very traditional feel.

This text published in Revista Raízes – Loulé identity and culture – is written by Luis Monteiro Pereira, journalist, poet, civil servant and who, however, unexpectedly left us.

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Loule – 110 Years Of Carnival


Now 110 years have passed since the «civilized carnival», as some Louletans called it, arrived in our land. Before, carnival was played on the streets of the village, but with such violence that many people closed themselves at home in fear of such games.

A group of wealthy Louletans who already knew some European countries at that time, brought here some ideas of what they had seen in several carnivals, namely in France in Nice, a city that still has one of the most famous carnivals in Europe with their grand Flower Battles. Joining other countrymen who liked the idea of ​​a civilized carnival for our village, they started the 1st Carnival, which is now Praca da Republica, in the distant year of 1906. So now, over that date, a hundred and ten years.

Loule remains one of the most famous carnivals in Portugal, with the originality of the cars still being lined with paper flowers and of course also with other more current materials that have now reached the market.

Here we leave some pictures of the 110th Carnival that has now ended. See you next year.

Photos by : Luís Henrique da Cruz and José Costa.

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