Thursday, February 23:
The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is called “Weiberfastnacht” in Germany. As the name indicates, it is a “women’s carnival” day. In many towns throughout the southern part of Germany women dress as witches and storm the town halls. They each bring a pair of scissors and happily cut off the men’s ties – a symbolic way of putting men in their place and taking over the power. The storming of the town hall is an annual carnival custom in Ramstein as well. Lots of spectators gather in front of the Rathaus entrance around 11 a.m., among them the carnival princesses and the children of the local kindergartens. At 11:11 a.m. the witches enter the Ramstein Town Hall and chase the mayor and all male employees till they get the ends of their ties as a trophy. All male “victims” will be tied to the fountain in front of the town hall entrance when captured. They get the chance to redeem themselves by handing out sweets to the witches and by purchasing a badge to view the Ramstein Carnival Parade the following Tuesday. View and join this spectacle, but as a man be careful when wearing a tie on that day!
Address: Am Neuen Markt 6, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
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