A Conversation for Carnival in Germany

Do germans not also have permission to make fools of themselves at Octoberfest?

Post 1

paulh, hiding under my bed

smiley - wow

What a great article! It brought to mind a song
from the 1960's that ran

smiley - musicalnotesmiley - musicalnotesmiley - musicalnotesmiley - musicalnotesmiley - musicalnote

Germans are as gentle as flowers in the spring.
Germans are a people who love to laugh and sing.

Does that sound sober and serious? I went with my friend
Gretchen to an Octoberfest celebration in a Boston
suburb last September, and saw lots of people laughing,
singing, and dancing. (Please don't ask me why they
decided to celebrate Octoberfest in September, because
I don't know. Maybe it's because it was already October
in Germany, which is in an earlier time zone than Boston?)

When I was very young, I lived in the German section
of town, near Turner (short for Turnverein) Hall, which
was the liveliest place in the whole town. When George
Washington surprised the German mercenaries by crossing
the Delaware on Christmas Day, Washington knew that the
Germans (unlike the more proper Puritans and English)
would be involved in Christmas festivities, and thus not
on their guard.

Anyway, I am glad to learn that Carnivale is a major event
in Germany. Nice article! smiley - biggrin


Do germans not also have permission to make fools of themselves at Octoberfest?

Post 2

Tube - the being being back for the time being

"Do Germans not also have permission to make fools of themselves at Octoberfest?"

Seeing that mostly Bavarians attend the Oktoberfest I would think that the answer is definitely 'yes' smiley - winkeye
tataa tataa TATAAAA!

smiley - nahnah


Do germans not also have permission to make fools of themselves at Octoberfest?

Post 3

Monsignore Pizzafunghi Bosselese

One thing you should know... Germans *never* need permission to make fools out themselves smiley - winkeye

Oh, and the Oktoberfest is called that way because it's timed such that the *beginning* of October marks its end, thus it always takes place during September and ends on the first Sunday in October. Foolish? Perhaps, but this rule also fools a lot of tourists smiley - laugh


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