Thursday, February 23, 2006

Unsinniger Donnerstag

It's unsinniger Donnerstag today down here in Southern Germany - 'nonsensical Thursday'. This signifies the start of the Carnival Weekend which culminates in a champagne drinking, doughnut eating orgy on Tuesday...Faschings Dienstag - Shrove Tuesday.

Today it is the custom that women can cut the end off men's ties - I will leave you to ponder on the symbolism - and just suggest that this harks back to the Dionysian fertility practices of the Ancient Greeks which also heralded the start of spring and the rising of the sap.

However, I must go off to teach...with an open-necked shirt...

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