Hergeheehrt un Uffgebasst, in Hessen is jetzt Fassenacht!!!

February 12th-13th, 2018

Since the 11th of November, the Narren (crazys) are at it again. The “5th season” as it’s called is a highlight for many this time of year. Carnival is the festival of friends and costumes.

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When children in Germany set off for their first day of school upon entering first grade, their grandparents present them with a large cardboard cone, attractively decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies/sweets, school supplies, and various other special treats. The cone is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little sweeter.

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December 6th, 2017

Seid Ihr auch brav gewesen? Are you also well behaved?

Of course, children big and small answer,, Ja voll” to der Heilige Nikolaus, who resembles a bishop and carries a staff comes to greet them with apples, nuts, sweets and small presents left in their boots, shoes or socks.

Accompanying him are several ragged looking, devil-like Krampusse, who mildly scare the children. Although Krampus/Knecht Ruprecht carries eine Rute. He only teases the children with it, while St. Nicholas hands out small gifts to the children

Nikolaus and Krampus don’t always make a personal appearance. In some places today, children still leave their shoes by the window or the door on the night of Dec. 5. They awaken the next day to discover small gifts and goodies stuffed into the shoes, left by St. Nicholas. This is similar to the American Santa Claus custom, although the dates are different. Also similar to American custom, the children may leave a wish list for Nikolaus to pass on to the Weihnachtsmann for Christmas.