Carnival in Germany: 7 - 9 March 2011
Enjoy Carnival in various German towns and cities and don’t miss the parties and costume balls on the weekend before!You'll find two types of Carnivals in German-speaking countries:The Rhenish Carnival is held in the west of Germany, mainly in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland Palatinate. They are renowned for celebrations such as parades and costume balls. Cologne Carnival is the biggest and most famous. On Carnival Thursday (called "Old Women Day" or "The Women's Day"), in commemoration of an 1824 revolt by washer-women, women storm city halls, cut men's ties, and are allowed to kiss any man who passes their way.
The "Swabian-Alemannic" carnival, known as Fastnacht, takes place in Baden and Swabia (Southwestern Germany), Switzerland, Alsace and Vorarlberg (Western Austria). It traditionally represents the time of year when the reign of the cold, grim winter spirits is over and these spirits are being hunted down and expelled.
Carnival Dates in Germany
The dates below include Rose Monday with its big street parades, Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day and Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent in the Christian faith)
Carnival in Germany dates vary from year to year, but it usually falls in February, sometimes, as this year, in early March.
Don’t miss the parties and costume balls on the weekend before!
Check out this listing of Carnival events in Germany:
2011: March 7th - 9th
2012: February 20th – February 22nd
2013: February 11th – 13th
2014: March 3rd - 5th
2015: February 16th - 18th
Source: Wikipedia/ Whats on when/ Expatica