Before you hit the streets of Cologne to take part in the city's world-famous Carnival, you must know some essential words in the local dialect: Kölsch! DW brings you a local language lesson.
Carnival starts in Cologne's streets on Thursday and as always, it will draw thousands of revelers. If you follow the wise articles of Cologne's "Basic Law," you, too, can enjoy what people there call the "fifth season." (07.02.2018)
Women take charge of men on Carnival Thursday by cutting off their ties and giving them a kiss. The tradition hails from an era when women's rights didn't exist. This year, the #MeToo movement is also leaving its mark. (07.02.2018)
When revelers in costume dance in the streets then the carnival season has reached its peak in Germany. Test your knowledge and find out how crazy about carnival or "jeck" you are. (08.02.2018)
It's the only language that you can drink: "Kölsch" is a dialect most Germans don't understand - and the unofficial language of Carnival in Cologne. Here are words you need to know to get by while partying in the city. (03.02.2016)
What the Germans call the "fifth season" is nearing an end: for the celebrations in the week before Lent, people unpack their costumes and party - not just in Germany, but the world over. (07.02.2018)
No other city in Germany has as many songs about "Heimat," expressing the feeling of home, as Cologne. Groups of people gather to sing together about their local patriotism, and not only during Carnival.
Carnival starts in Cologne's streets on Thursday and as always, it will draw thousands of revelers. If you follow the wise articles of Cologne's "Basic Law," you, too, can enjoy what people there call the "fifth season."
Attention Carnival fans: Be aware that it can be a cruel fate to live in the Rhineland if you are a non-reveler. For when the yearly festivity comes to town it is accompanied by heavy drinking, garbage and aggression.
Millions of revelers have braved cold winter weather to attend traditional carnival parades in Germany. The processions often take on a highly satirical note.
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