Blending New And Old Tradition

Having lived in Germany for over 24 years now, some things that were odd to me when I first arrived seem so normal to me now. For instance, Karneval. There’s no such thing in my country, so seeing people in crazy costumes, singing and dancing in the street, hugging, kissing strangers and throwing confetti and shouting “Hellau” was strange and err, a bit shocking to me. The term Karneval is from the Latin “carrus navalis” – meaning, the ship of fools. This season is a time of wild fancy dresses, parties and costume balls which are open to the public. Karneval reaches its climax in big street processions with elaborately decorated floats, usually on Rosenmontag. The season actually begins on November 11 at 11:11 pm and ends on Ash Wednesday. Something about all those elevens being lucky or perhaps something about them relating to foolishness, I am not certain. Karneval is a very old tradition in Germany and remained alive and let me add…wilder than ever.

Let us talk about something not really very German. Namely, Halloween. Few years ago, there was no sign of Halloween in Germany. Now, the trend is spreading and it is getting more popular over here. Traditionally, we don’t celebrate it here but some clever business people imported this idea from the USA. It’s a slow spread, but maybe Halloween will be more popular in few more years. It’s a fun time for kids though, they enjoy putting on costumes, and going door-to-door to get sweets. There are also some Halloween parties organized by some groups (Verein) or discos where people wear wild Halloween Costumes. I said wild because there are several people, mostly women who are so daring to wear odd costumes that expose excessive amounts of skin. Like the one I saw on TV, that particular costume was a Sailor Girl Pin Up inspired costume. Which consist of faux sequin crop top, fringe boy shorts with tie sides and garters, sailor hat, riding crop, stockings and boots.

Call me a prude, call me conservative, but this has nothing to do with Halloween anymore. It is in fact just another excuse for some German adults to go wild again.


Beng Hafner is my name. Well, most of you know that already. I am a mother of 3 and a granny of 3 cute kids. I am proud to be who I am and I am proud of the way I am. I am alive because I have a lot to live for. I have many dreams that I wish to reach for and I have many journeys to make. My life is like a soap opera, and you are the audience.

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4 Responses

  1. maline says:

    wow,ate beng! bagong bihis ang bahay! ganda ng site mo lalo. šŸ˜€ keep it up! :bigsmile

  2. Ivy says:

    Grabe angtagal mo na pala dyan :huh: Uwi ka na muna :airplane uso na rin naman ang Halloween dito, yun nga lang sa November pa :blindfold

    I love how you ended your post, maraming okasyon na talaga ang nagbabalatkayo :drunk

  3. sofie says:

    Hello Beng!

    Last Halloween, I forgot to buy some candies, etc. for the kids. Susme, pagdating nila, isang pack lang ng gummi bear ang meron ako. Kaya ayon, yon na lang binigay ko. Ayayay… :rosy :)) E these kids are very nice kids, so sabi ko sa susunod, paghahandaan ko na. :yes:

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

  4. sardonicnell says:

    halloween was so foreign to me before. the only reason why i’m a bit aware of it now was because of our chikiting here. he likes dressing up kasi! pero my oh my, kamahal din kaya ng costume ah :arrg

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