Free Family-Focused, German-Style Mardi Gras Celebration at the German Language School/Morris Cty.

Germans, Swiss and Austrians shake off their winter blues every year with Karneval or Fasching, a celebration that includes parades, marching bands, and costumed characters showering the streets with candy while shouting “Helau” or “Alaaf.”  

 

The German Language School of Morris County (www.glsmc.org) in Morristown will host an authentic German Karneval celebration on Saturday, February 23rd from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. The community is invited to attend the celebration, held at the Morristown Beard School, 70 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960, to experience the school’s cultural events and visit the language programs for toddlers, students PreK to 12th grade and adults.

 

“Each year we host a Cologne-inspired party that shows the costumes, food and music, and similar to celebrations found in Mainz and Dusseldorf,” says Principal Michaela Greco. “The festivities engage our students not only in language, but in sharing culture and traditions that they will remember long after they leave our classes.”

 

How is Carnival Celebrated?

Just as a high school marching band in uniform with epaulettes performs for a crowd, the “Funkenmariechen” girls, dressed in red and white uniforms, will perform traditional dances. The school principal will announce this year’s Prince and Princess who “rule” their “subjects” back home for the duration of the Karneval season. Parents will provide treats that can include traditional Krapfen, a sweet treat, similar to doughnuts.

 

Historically, cities throughout Germany along with portions of Austria, and Switzerland celebrate Carnival (Karneval or Fasching), which officially begins on November 11th at 11:11 am and continues until the day before Ash Wednesday, the traditional start of the Lenten season, with only a break for Christmas. For some people, Carnival also represents good and evil with costumed attendees wearing happy and angry masks to signify the happiness of the approaching spring and/or to ward off the dark, evil spirits of winter. No matter how it’s celebrated, the end of Carnival means that spring is fast approaching.

 

For more information about this event and activities of the German School of Morris County visit www.glsmc.org; follow and share events on Facebook @germanschoolmorris.

Contact Information
  1. Michaela Greco
  2. (973) 586-3639
  3. principal@njlearnsgerman.org
Sat, February 23
11:15 am — 12:15 pm
Add to My Calendar 02/23/2019 11:15am 02/23/2019 12:15pm America/New_York Free Family-Focused, German-Style Mardi Gras Celebration at the German Language School/Morris Cty.

Germans, Swiss and Austrians shake off their winter blues every year with Karneval or Fasching, a celebration that includes parades, marching bands, and costumed characters showering the streets with candy while shouting “Helau” or “Alaaf.”

The German Language School of Morris County (www.glsmc.org) in Morristown will host an authentic German Karneval celebration ...

70 Whippany Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Morristown-Beard School

70 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

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