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Nubbelverbrennung – Another Cologne Carnival tradition

After exploring the Roman origins of the Cologne Carnival and the “Geisterzug”, I realized I had nearly overlooked another pivotal local tradition: The “Nubbelverbrennung”. The “Nubbel” is a straw puppet that is hung up and burned down at the corner of a street or a pub on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It serves as a symbolic purification of the...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 04:40
Origins of Cologne’s coat of arms

Did you ever wonder about the coat of arms of Cologne and why it is the way it is? I just did some research and found out that its history is quite interesting and also includes some funny twists. Cologne’s small coat of arm as it is today. Source: Wikimedia Commonsꜛ (license: public domain) Origin The Cologne coat of arms, with a storied history...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 01:42
Halve Hahn: A special dish in Cologne

If you’re currently out enjoying the Cologne carnival, you might encounter a local specialty that can cause some confusion: The “Halve Hahn”. Don’t be misled – this dish isn’t poultry. Image created with DALL-E. Despite its name, which means “half a rooster”, you won’t find any chicken in this dish. Instead, you’ll be served a rye roll topped...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 01:42
Geisterzug: The alternative Carnival in Cologne

After exploring the Roman origins of the Cologne Carnival, we will now take a look at the alternative carnival event in Cologne called “Geisterzug” (lit. “Ghost Parade”). It is actually a more recent addition to the Cologne Carnival tradition, starting in 1991, and can be seen as a protest against the commercialization of the today’s Cologne Carnival....

Sat Feb 17, 2024 01:42
The Roman origins of the Cologne Carnival

As the clock strikes 11:11 AM tomorrow, the so-called ‘Fifth Season’ begins in Cologne. The city is overrun with revelers, and the streets are bustling with people. The citizens of Cologne celebrate with unrestrained joy and, notably, a fair amount of alcohol. But where does Carnival actually come from? What are its origins, and how has it evolved over...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 01:42
A Zen-Buddhist interpretation of the ‘Kölsches Grundgesetz’

I recently discoveredꜛ the small booklet “Dao De Colonia – Das Kölsche Grundgesetz und sein daoistisches Geheimnis” by Michael Wittschier, who interpreted the so-called “Kölsches Grundgesetzꜛ” (lit. “Cologne Basic Law”) in a Taoist way. Taoism is a philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Dào (or Tao; Chinese,...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 01:42

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