Ho Narro, Alaaf, Helau
Best wishes to all friends who are celebrating the varieties of Carnival this year — which began in Germany last night (Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht, Fasnacht). I’d really like to be there this year — in years of significant political ferment the parades are always really interesting. And, well, the spirit of good feeling on the street is always wonderful, if one can tolerate the press of the crowds. I’ve been to events in Mainz and Cologne, but never to a Swabian-Alemannic community. (And yes: I’m aware that the Swabians consider Fasnacht to be something different from Karneval — but for someone like me they are both related to Shrovetide.) Anyway. Perhaps someday.