The WordPress Photo Challenge for this week is Express Yourself. You’ll find many examples of Expression there.
For my interpretation on this theme, I thought this would be the perfect time to start digging through some of my pictures from the fifth season. Not familiar with the fifth season? I was only introduced to this season recently myself. I was of course acquainted with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, but the Fifth Season? When my German friends first introduced me to the concept of an additional season known only in Germany, I thought they were pulling my leg. They weren’t. They were talking about Fasching, also known as Fastnacht, Fasnet, or Karneval, depending on where you are celebrating it. People frequently ask me when is the best time to visit Germany, and while I love all of the seasons in Germany, I always recommend Fasching. This is one of the most uniquely German experiences I have had. It is in turns, varied, traditional, modern, and fun. The celebrations change from town to town and differ between regions. I am told that the parades in the North are political in nature, descended from a long satirical tradition. The parades in Southern Germany are all about the masks, the music, the noise, and the witches. Lots and lots of witches. I’ll be writing more about my favorite Fasching memories, but here are some pictures to introduce you to the Fifth Season.