The origin of Carnival is not exactly known, but there are indications that it originated from the ancient Roman celebrations “Saturnalia” and “Lupercalia”. These celebrations were festivals in honor of various gods and were celebrated in winter.
In the Middle Ages, Carnival was celebrated as a time of feasting and dancing before the beginning of Lent. The celebrations were often lavish and extravagant, and participants wore masks and costumes to hide their identity and express their joy.
Over time, Carnival became an important part of the culture in many parts of Europe and was celebrated in different ways by different countries and regions. Although it is no longer as widespread in some parts of the world, it is still a popular celebration in many countries and a symbol of celebration and coming together.
Carnival is celebrated differently in many parts of the world, depending on the culture and tradition of the country. This is how carnival is celebrated internationally:
Carnival in Brazil is known for its colorful parades and samba dances. The celebrations take place in Rio de Janeiro and other cities in the country and usually last five days.
Carnival in Spain is called “Carnaval” and usually takes place a few weeks before Ash Wednesday. The celebrations are particularly well known in the cities of Cadiz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and include music, dancing and parades.
Carnival in Italy is an important part of the country’s culture and takes place in many cities such as Venice, Viareggio and Ivrea. The celebrations include parades with masks and costumes, as well as special parties and banquets.
Mardi Gras is not as widely celebrated in the U.S. as in other parts of the world, but there are still some places to celebrate it, especially in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here the celebrations are known for their parades with masks, costumes and jazz music.
Carnival in Germany is celebrated mainly in the regions of Cologne, Mainz, Düsseldorf and other parts of the Rhineland. Here, the streets are full of people walking around in costumes, and there are parades with carnival floats and music.
In some regions of Germany (such as Bavaria) and Austria, the term “Fasching” is the usual term for the festivities.
In other parts of Germany, especially in the Rhineland, Carnival is called “Karneval.” Here, the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mainz, and other parts of the Rhineland are particularly well known for their boisterous carnival celebrations.
Although the terms “Fasching” and “Karneval” are used differently in Germany, the celebrations and customs are similar in both regions. There are parades, parties, costume contests and other activities that allow all participants to express their joy and enthusiasm for the festivities.
“Alaaf” and “Helau” are both traditional carnival cries used during carnival celebrations in Germany and other countries.
“Alaaf” is a traditional call used in the carnival stronghold of Cologne. People in Cologne say “Alaaf” instead of “Helau” to express their enthusiasm and joy for the carnival celebrations.
“Helau” is another traditional carnival call used in other parts of Germany, especially in the northern states, such as North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. Here, “Helau” is the usual call during carnival celebrations.
However, it should be noted that these calls can vary regionally and there are other traditional carnival calls in some parts of Germany.
What ist your favourite? Rather “Alaaf” or ” Helau” ? Or are you a carnival grumpy?