“Three great wonders fell on this day/ A star shone down where an infant lay,
Water made win in Galilee,/ And Christ baptized in Jordan.”
(From the song “Now to Conclude our Christmas Mirth” or “12th Night Carol.”)
So, the feast of Christmas passes with the 12th night, and Carnival, or Fasching, begins. On a light note:
In some medieval traditions, the season of Christmas lasted until Candlemas (February 2), with carnival fitted in prior to Ash Wednesday. This year Candlemas and Lent are very close, since Lent begins on February 10. Fasching, or carnival season, starts January 6 this year, so several European countries are enjoying one long party that started on December 6 and continues until February 10th.
It will be interesting to see what the Fasching floats are in Germany, especially in Cologne. I suspect the authorities will have their hands full censoring them, and I also suspect that Angela Merkel, AKA “Mutti Multikulti”* will appear in several cities. The floats are an opportunity for people to vent and satirize any number of things, ranging from politicians to Google’s mapping cars to German customs to world leaders.
*Mommy Multiculture. A number of Germans have gotten very irritated with the seemingly unlimited immigration from North Africa and the Middle East (and Pakistan and Afghanistan). The New Year’s night assaults and rapes in and around the main train station in Cologne may push a number of otherwise non-political people over the edge.