We’re at the height of Carnival season here in Germany, it traditionally occurs before Lent, if you were wondering about he origins, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some pictures of Amy’s very first costume with you.
Up here in the North of Germany, we aren’t all that crazy about Carnival or Karneval as we call it in German, but along the river Rhine and in the South of Germany people have an absolutely mental three days of celebrations, parades and fancy dress whereas we keep it a little more low key. I think it must be our Northern “cool” that stops us from going to work in fancy dress or catching bucket loads of sweets thrown from floats before listening to carnival speech after carnival speech.
It’s different in kindergartens and schools though and I’m fine with that. The children get to dress up and have a fun day of play and dance and way too many sweets, but it’s only once a year and I remember loving it when I was little.
As Amy didn’t start kindergarten until March last year, so this year was her very first experience of Fasching, which is what we call it up here in the North. Amy being Amy, it was clear from the start that she wouldn’t go for the typical princess or ballerina costume. She’d be “something cool” like a super hero or pirate and a pirate she was – complete with a snarl!