As I’ve mentioned before, Dusseldorf is one of the best cities to celebrate carnival in Germany. Carnival, which we also call the 5th season, actually starts in November: The 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour and 11th minute. But the real highlight of the carnival season follows in February during the final weekend. This weekend includes the “Woman’s Carnival Day” which has a long tradition in the Rhenish area.
Today, I’d like to tell you more about the Woman’s Carnival Day, the day’s traditions and how the day usually proceed.
This year, the Woman’s Carnival Day takes place on February 4th, and traditionally starts at 11:11 am. Although it is not a bank holiday, many people leave work at 11:11am, but not before a few pranks are played! One of the most traditional pranks allows women to cut off the ties of their male counterparts. To make up for the damage, the women often give the men a peck on the cheek.
Of course, on Woman’s Carnival Day, even the General Manager of Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel is not safe! The attack on Cyrus Heydarian is always a secret and requires both brazen courage and stealth planning. There is always a question of who will make this bold move! Last year, it was our daring Marketing Manager, Sina Hoekstra. She bravely took the golden scissors, went to his office and snipped it away! Fortunately, Cyrus was prepared and was sure to wear an old tie that day!
I can’t wait for February 4th this year, to see who will make the move. Sorry Cyrus, but tradition is tradition!