One of the joys in this expat life is embracing the new cultures and traditions
of the places we are lucky enough to call home for a while.
If we were in China this week we would be stocking up on fireworks, putting out the lanterns
and gearing up for Chinese New Year on Thursday.
In England or Australia we would be making pancakes for breakfast/lunch/dinner for
Today we are in Germany and it is Fasching,
time to live it up and let off steam before the fasting of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
Fasching loosely translates as "last alcoholic drink before fasting".
We went to the Fasching Parade in Wiesbaden on Sunday.
The parade started with colour and fun.
Music filled the air.
Excited children lined the streets.
Calls of "Helau' came from the passing floats.
Lollies toys and books were thrown into the waiting hands of the children.
It is like Halloween on Steroids, costumes, music, treats being stuffed in bags.
Marching bands galore.
Dancing to the beat of the drum.
Minions taking selfies!
Greetings from those in the parade.
Happy faces of children on the floats, brightening the day even more.
I remember this girl from last year's parade!
Was a bit much for some!
This lady was in last years parade too, our second year and I recognise the people!
A fun filled day with music, entertainment and laughter.....
....and lollies...lots of lollies!
Stay tuned for the 'Character's of Fasching 2015' tomorrow!
- We may have already decorated and bought fireworks for Chinese New Year and planned a Chinese feast....though we have discovered that we cannot legally use the fireworks in Germany except on 31 December. Oh well...we are all set for 31 December 2015!
- We may partake in some pancakes for "Pancake Tuesday"!