Carnaval 2008, Uden, The Netherlands
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Carnaval in the south of the Netherlands. Jah jah also overhere in the Netherlands we have Carnaval. Carnaval is mostly celebrated in the parts of the Netherlands that are “below the rivers” You could say that in the provinces of Limburg and North-Brabant people celebrate this feast. We even have a special vacation for it! When u are from the south u do have this vacation, when ur from the middle of the Netherlands or from the north u dont have this vacation but you have it 1 or 2 weeks later than the ppl from the south! My school is not in the province of North-Brabant, the city of Nijmegen is in the province of Gelderland but still we do have this vacation at my school.
Carnaval is a Catholic feast by origin. Normally Carnaval is being celebrated from Saturday to Tuesday and ends on Wednesday, also called Ashwednesday. Ashwednesday is the first day of the “Vastenperiode”. In this period ppl would eat and drink less than they normally do and not eat certain things on certain days. Also children had to save up candy if they got any during the 40 days. They couldnt eat it during this period, but had to wait untill after the 40 day period.
Carnaval is very funny because it brings out the party animal in everyone! The whole town gets into it and that makes it so much fun. Every town has a different name during Carnaval like my town Uden becomes "Knoerissenrijk". Dont ask me why I didn't think of this stupid name.. and us inhabitants get different names too. Like in Knoerissenrijk overhere the boys are "Knoerissen" and the girls are "Mienekes." Every town has its own Prince and (if the prince has one) Princess Carnaval.
These days Carnaval doesnt have anything Catholic left to it in my opinion.
That is also how it went on Sunday. Manon would come over to my place and we would watch the famous episode of the Peter R. De Vries programme on tv and we didnt know yet if we were going out after. After having some drinks and receiving multiple sms messages saying we were not allowed to stay at home we decided to go, but first see the show! Manon didnt have an outfit yet so we just went trough all of our old Carnaval stuff to find something. That was a lot of fun since there are some great memories attached to all of the items we found! After deciding what to wear we sat down and watched the programme wich was pretty amazing I must say. At 23.30 we left for our first stop, cafe 't Udenaartje. There was literally nobody there anymore since it would be closing soon and we were almost the only ppl in there. We talked to the owner since Manon knows her daughter and therefor knew her and I had also met her before so we sat down and talked to her and had some wine. At this point Manon was really drunk already and then she just grabbed the mic. and started singing a Carnaval song. (For the ppl from here: Lauwe Pis v Theo Maassen) This was an amazing sight for me, boy was she drunk! Somebody took a pic of it actually cant wait to get my hands on that one! After that on to the next bar where we met up with my colleague Jeroen. After some more drinks we went to meet up with some other colleagues at a club and we had a lot of fun as u can see in the pics. At this point anything was funny to us obviously. I dont think anybody in the place was still sober.. After the whole bar/club thing I went to my friend Thomas's house just to hang out and I got home at around 04.00 so it wasnt that bad. Right now its 7.45 and Im still up (today was the last day) so that is way worse :) Tonight was also very nice! Had some great times at 2 diff. clubs and like always right after Carnaval: Cant wait for next year!