Your German Word of the Day: Weiberfasnacht. Weib is a colloquial term for female, woman, wife. Avid readers of this blog should be able to guess that fasnacht has something to do with Fasching, which is Carnival in Germany.
Now that I have done a bit to broaden a horizon or two, back to the main thrust...
Weiberfasnacht falls on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday (today is Thursday ergo Weiberfasnacht is in full swing). It is the day on which woman are allowed to be foolish in their own right (ie. without male supervision or companionship). The only significant aspect, which I recall from my days working at German companies, is that women go around cutting off men's neckties. Even presidents and chairmen of the board feat women bearing shears, who can wield the weapon on this day with impunity (whereas on the remaining 364 are expected to be servile and shearless). Men, being on occasion clever, have learned to not wear a tie on this particular Thursday or to wear one suitable for mutilation (the one with olive oil or tomato sauce stains). This ritual is enjoyed by all participants, except those that forget and wear a favorite tie. This is another example of German "fun", the discovery of which should surely appeal to ethnologists.
Below is an example of a perfect costume for Weiberfasnacht, worn by my daughter. For those of you not familiar with the Asterix comic series, this is his sidekick Obelix. He is strong and and not too bright (imagine what a chauvinist, which I am not, could do with that image and description).
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