Word forms: Karnevals, genitive
Word forms: Karnevale or , Karnevals, plural
culture note: Karneval is the time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, which is also known as the fünfte Jahreszeit (fifth season). Among the traditional events are masked balls, and meetings where
people make humorous speeches and sing carnival songs. On the so-called tolle Tage ("crazy days") normal life in many regions is turned completely upside down. During
the tolle Tage power is symbolically assumed in many towns by a carnival prince and princess. This
is especially so in Rheinland, where Karneval has been celebrated in its present form since 1823. Rosenmontag is generally a holiday in this region, so that people can watch the processions and
join in the celebrations. In Southern Germany and Austria the carnival period is called
Fasching and the processions take place on Shrove Tuesday.