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". In other parts of Germany, the festivities are called Fasching, Fastnacht or Fasnet, among others. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Carnival.
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Dozens of people, including children, were injured in central Germany during the week when a man rammed his car into a carnival procession near Frankfurt, injuring dozens and further unsettling a country rocked by a fatal mass shooting last week. Keith Walker speaks with DW's security correspondent Thomas Sparrow for the latest.