Fasching - The Carnival Season in Munich
The carnival season has different names in germany: in Cologne and Duesseldorf "Karneval", in Mainz "Fasenacht", in other
regions "Fasnet" or "Fosnat". The carnival season in and around Munich is named "Fasching".
Carnival was originally a pagan festival, later it has become associated with the catholic church and was
on the day before the beginning of Lent.
Nowadays the carnival season begins officially on November 11 with the coronation of a carnival prince and
princess and lasts about three months until Ash Wednesday seven weeks before Easter. The most Fasching
events are held
in the last four weeks.
The Fasching main season is this year from February 1 to March 5. During this time more than 800 balls will be held in Munich. The
biggest ones are parties with thousands of people. Most of these are fancy dress balls, but there are also classical gala balls
in dinner jacket and evening dress ("Schwarz-Weiss-Bälle").
To get a first impression we recommend to visit one of the big traditional balls in the "Deutsches Theater" (the first costume ball in the "Deutsches Theater" was organized already in 1897),
or in the Hotel "Bayerischer Hof". The third traditional location "Löwenbräukeller" is not available this year due to renovation work. Only the festival room is open.
In this festival room of the Löwenbräukeller takes place on March 1 the "Ball der damischen Ritter" (Ball of the crazy knights). It is a persiflage of
Bavaria in the middle ages. You will see a lot of funny people dressed in knights' armours.
The "Weissen Feste" (white parties) in the "Max-Emanuel-Brauerei" are legendary.
These Fasching parties, which were originally parties of the Schwabing artists, are held already for over 50 years.
The visitors have to come in white costumes. In the light of the special neon tubes (so-called bull's-eye light)
it looks quite eerie.
Ball dates Weisse Feste
On February 24 from 1 p.m. the "Crazy Knights" will organize a small carnival parade starting from
Sonnenstr. and ending at Hofbräuhaus, but it is not comparably with the big and magnificent
carnival processions in Cologne and Mainz.
"München Narrisch": During the last three crazy days (on Fasching Sunday, on Rose Monday and on Shrove Tuesday - this year
March 3, 4 and 5) the pedestrian area in the city center around Marienplatz is turned into a gigantic
open air party zone with live music, fancy dresses and dancing.
One of the highlights of the Munich Fasching is the dance of the market women on the "Viktualienmarkt"
(Victuals Market) at 10:30 a.m. on Shrove Tuesday. The market women rehearse for it already months before.
So, now try out the Munich Fasching. You need no expensive costume. Luxurious costumes are the exception here. All
you need is a good mood and you will have a lot of fun during the carnival season in Munich.