Sunday, November 11, 2012

11 van de 11de - Carnival in November


Today was again 11th November and in Maastricht that means that the Carnaval season has just begun. Every year, on 11th November people in the region put on their costumes and and get ready to down beers while singing and dancing to traditional folk Limburgs music (which resembles a bit to the music you would expect at the Oktoberfest but sung in Dutch). At 11:11 am people count down out loud and the big carnival party starts! However, it only lasts for a day, tomorrow the city will get back to work and carnival won't be back in town until the usual carnival dates in mid-february-mid-march.


Coming from Tenerife I'm used to big, colourful and crazy carnivals celebrations. We have the second biggest carnival in the world, right after Rio de Janeiro, or at least our politicians make us believe so. I remember that in 2000 there was even an extra carnival weekend in May to celebrate the beginning of the new millenium. But still, I find it incredibly unusual to start the carnival season in the middle of November, when the air gets chilly and teh days gets shorter ... maybe it's just a nice way to wave goodbye to warmer days! And the nicest thing about carnival in Maastricht is that everyone joins in: young people, parents and their children, groups of more aged people. Some people wear really wondeful costumes and some others just put on some feathers and sequins and equally enjoy themselves. So, if you feel tempted to join the party any 11th November, or maybe later for the regular carnival, start planning the most outreageous costume. Or simply throw in some golden or sequinned leggings, which prove to be really popular year after year. And if everything else fails, just get something red, yellow and green, which are the colours of Limburg and are proudly worn by anyone in scarfs, leg warmers, hats, feather boas and so on. Whichever way you choose it, enjoy the party!


You can find an overview of celebrations in The Netherlands here.

9 comments:

  1. That's really interesting..I love the festive energy in a Carnival, everyone wearing costumes and enjoying the moment away from the mundane.

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    1. Yes! I think it's interesting to compare the different carnival celebrations around the world. And here in Maastricht, when carnivals are fully celebrated in february people wear very elaborated and original costumes:)

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  2. We have an annual carnival here in New Orleans called Mardi Gras. This year it falls in February. Some years it's in March. I love hearing about the Carnival celebrations around the world. This one is really nice because the entire family can participate. In New Orleans, some of it may be too risque for young eyes. hahahaha Excellent post!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Nice to hear about Mardi Grass in New Orleans!
      I think that the same can be said about carnival in Tenerife, specially as most celebrations are held late in the night, so young eyes better be sleeping!

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  3. Wow, the Netherlands look amazing and i would love to see the annual carnival there. It looks beautiful

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Dale!
      It is really beautiful, so hopefully one day you'll get to see it!

      xo
      Irene

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  4. This looks amazing.

    xo Ashley
    chashh.blogspot.com

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  5. This really looks amazing and I would love to visit here one day.

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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