Carnaval; pictures from 2007 & 2008

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Carnaval (Dutch word) = Carnival!

 

Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox societies. The Brazilian Carnaval is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events.

 

The origin of the name "carnival" is disputed.

 

Carnival is mostly celebrated in the Southern parts of the Netherlands.

That means in the provinces of Limburg and North-Brabant.

 

Carnival is a Catholic feast by origin. Carnival is being celebrated from Friday night to Tuesday night but it ends on Wednesday with a drink and haring (raw fish)! Wednesday is also called Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the “Vastenperiode”. In this period people would eat and drink less than they normally do. Beside that they will not eat or do certain things on certain days! Candy is not doable in this period! The children have to save up candy if they got any during the 40 days but eating is not possible.Carnival was a feast of having fun and eating and drinking before starting this 40-day period. Also the Catholic church and school ask children to save their money during this period and after this period to give it to the church/ school for projects in Africa. Since its a Catholic feast by origin it is mostly celebrated in the south of the Netherlands since most of the Catholic people used to live in the south.

 

Carnival is very funny because it brings out the party animal in everyone! The whole town will be dressed to Carnival and that makes it so much fun.

Every town has a different name during Carnival and us inhabitants get different names too! Besides that we have different money for only Carnival, different newspaper, different town flag and different mayor! It is like with Carnival you are leaving in another world, town!

 

Prince Carnival is the boss of the town. He has a group of 11 people to help him with that and they are called "De Raad van 11"("council of 11"). The council of 11 are companied by the "hofdames"("ladies in waiting") . 

During Dutch Carnival, many traditions are kept alive. First of all is the parade with dressed-up groups, musicians and elaborately built floats. Also traditions include a fake Prince plus cortège ("Council of 11"), the Boerenbruiloft (farmer's wedding) and the Haring happen (eating herring) on Ash Wednesday. However, the traditions vary from town to town.There are several types of Carnival celebrated in the Netherlands.

 

The whole Carnival season starts pretty early! On the 11th day of the 11th month to be exact.

De Raad van 11 and Prince Carnival are being chosen and the first feast of the Carnival season is being held then. Each year the town as it theme with carnival and the Carnivalgroups can build there floats for the parade on the theme. The prince of Carnival and "Raad van Elf" announce the theme the 11 of November. Before the exactly Carnivalfeast you'll have every weekend from 11-11 till Carnivalfeast theme weekends, that can be like singing contest o comedian contest etc.

It is great to celebrate Carnival!

 

Carnival is about dressing up and having fun together. Everybody goes out every night but mostly the party starts early in the day already! Parades are being held in different towns and all the towns are being decorated. In my town signs are being hung everywhere that have sayings in our dialect.

 

On Sunday we have the big parade, on Monday the children parade and on Tuesday evening the electric parade!

Then after carnival there is the feast that is especially for the people that work during Carnival.

I am looking forward to next Carnival and you?

ilserita says:
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Posted on: Feb 14, 2013
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Great story
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photo by: dolfijn