We did it again, succumbing to the carnival fever! 2017, too, saw brightly coloured children's costumes in our Kindergarten on both Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Already the ancient Germanic tribes celebrated a wild festival towards the end of the winter. When people had had enough from the cold and freezing weather and frosty temperatures, they put on scrary masks and made a lot of noise with bells and drums in order to chase away the unpleasant winter spirits.
The church, of course, would not hear of it, however, allowed people to let off steam before the Lenting season. The term "carnival" is derived from the Latin terms "carne" (meat) and "vale" (farewell).
In the Roman Empire, the slaves in particular enjoyed the Saturnalia festival. Once a year, they were allowed to swap roles and enjoy the privileges of their masters. For one day, they were attended to, were allowed to crack jokes about their masters and to express criticism without fear of punishment. Our carnival speeches developed from this tradition.
To slip into a completely different role is probably the main appeal of the carnival season. To be a brave knight once or a noble princess, a funny clown or a strong superhero - such a prospect makes children's eyes sparkle with joy and their hearts beat faster. Little faces were painted colourfully, the rooms were decorated creatively and mouth-watering snacks were offered.
All the groups met in the sports' hall for the carnival parade on Monday and the children received a big applause for presenting their magnificent costumes. On Tuesday, we welcomed the Primary School teacher Mr Garcia who transformed himself in front of the children in DJ Ruben, turning our gym into a disco! We danced, sung and laughed to the beats of great music.
We have made every effort to thoroughly dispel the winter!