Helau! Helau is a traditional Fasching greeting. What's Fasching?
Basically, Fasching, Fastnacht is somewhat like Mardi Gras, Carnival in Rio,
the Carnival in Venice ... except it's flair is German, of course. Well, if you are really interested you can read about it here.
In the Palatinate where I grew up a lot of the festivities involved singing.
Here is a typical song. I grew up hearing it a lot around Fashing.
I found the German lyrics online and
copied them below. I also translated the lyrics so you would get an idea
of what the song is about.
Kinder hört mal her
heut' muß was gescheh'n
heut' wird mal die Nacht zum Tage gemacht.
Sowas hat die Welt schon lang' nicht geseh'n.
Wir haben was Tolles ausgedacht:
Wir machen durch bis morgen früh und singen:
Wir trinken heut' so viel wie nie und singen:
so viel wie nie.
das Glas ist leer
wir möchten jetzt erst recht noch mehr!
Ich geb' heut' den letzten Pfennig noch aus
mir ist's ganz egal
heut' leben wir mal.
Selbst die Hypothek von unserem Haus geht drauf
und ist futsch auf jeden Fall:
Wir machen durch ...
Hey kids! Listen up!
Today something's going to happen..
Today we are going to turn night into day.
The world hasn't seen something like this in a long time.
And we have a wild idea:
We're gonna party until tomorrow morning while singing
Today we'll drink like we've never drunk before and we'll sing:
like never before.
Herr Wirt (mr innkeeper, mr pubkeeper)
my glass is empty
now we want even more!
I'm going to spend my last dime.
I don't care.
Today i'm gonna live.
Even the mortgage on our house will be used
and it's all kaplui anyway
We're gonna party until tomorrow morning and sing
bums valdera, etc etc ...
It's quite the intellectual song, gell?
Fasching in Mainz is pretty big. Mainz is the capitol of the Rhineland-Palatinate, btw.
These are the pre Rosenmontag festivities. ( Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is the highlight of the German "Karneval" (carnival), and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenmontag)
Anyway, Fasching, Fastnacht, Carnival in Germany varies from region to region. Southern parts of Germany have their witches and goblins who sweep out the old to make way for the new.
And that's really I all I have to say on Fasching. Did I party? No, just checked out a few youtube events for the blog post.
Btw, it's also Haiku Monday. I didn't participate last week. The subject matter last week was peace and I couldn't think of anything to say besides: Peace be with you.. And also with you.
This weeks Haiku Monday is hosted by Auntie Belle. Her theme is signs. And here
are my submissions for that:
curling wafting smoke ..
noxious fumes of cigarette
undulating bulbs stretch high..
heralds of springtime
sinuous wafting ..
smoke lingers in the cool air
cig butts litter ground
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