Last February, I wrote about Fasching, including “Weiberfastnacht”, or “Women’s carnival night”. Here’s a quick recap about Weiberfastnacht:
The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is known as Weiberfastnacht. On this day tradition dictates that women are allowed to cut off the tie of any man within reach. The women are also allowed to kiss any man they like, according to some versions of tradition.
I didn’t last long at all today. It’s just 10:30 and I’m already snipped:
One of my colleagues is a tie hunter. She shows off her trophies on the wall. Some of these are paper- after the first two ties were cut, the other men in the office started to put on paper ties. It’s a massacre!
It’s not all wardrobe-bloodshed, though. At the start of Fasching, sometimes the RVV (the local public transit authority) gives away Krapfen (donuts) at the main bus station. Just look for the fuzzy green hats and reflective vests…
Watch out for your neckties, friends! Have any of you had your ties cut (or done some tie cutting) yourself?