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By Matthias Einhorn
This postcard was sent from Cologne by my friend Laura (Germany) the day after Rosenmontag, last year. She wrote that the ambience was a bit more chaotic than on the picture...
As read in the Wikipedia:
Rosenmontag ('Rose Monday') is the highlight of the German Carnival, and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras though celebrated on Tuesday, is a similar event. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium (Eupen), but most heavily in the Karnevalshochburgen ('carnival strongholds'), which include the Rhineland, especially in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.