Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Carnivals of the World: Cologne Carnival

Image by Rena Limberger from Pixabay

Carnivals of the World was the theme chosen for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2021 (even though that will not now take place) and one of those listed was Cologne Carnival (German: Kölner Karneval), a carnival that [obviously] takes place every year in Cologne, Germany. The first worldwide Carnival parade took place in Cologne in 1823, although Carnival in Cologne is almost as old as the history of the city itself. Carnival week begins on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, with parades during the weekend, and finishes the night before Ash Wednesday, with the main festivities occurring around Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). This time is also called the "Fifth Season". 

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated