Carnival is a festive season celebrated in the Western Christian world ahead of Lent. Its major events usually take place during February or early March.
Originally a religious season, Carnival has now become more of a public celebration, often featuring parades and street parties. The world's biggest festivities take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Germany, the Rhineland is a major center for the so-called "Karneval". Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Carnival.
Regional festivals are a highlight of the year for many towns and cities in Germany - and for some they play an integral role in shaping identity. What Oktoberfest is to Bavaria, Carnival is to the Rhineland… and in the Sauerland the big event is the Schützenfest, or marksmen's festival.