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Mardi Gras in Germany

Fasching in Germany is the equivalent to Mardi Gras in the U.S. Fasching starts November 11th, at exactly 11:11am (where the prince and princess are crowned), and ends seven weeks before Easter (usually in February or March). It is considered a Catholic holiday (in accordance with the fast before Easter), but many aspects of this celebration have nothing to do with religion. For example, the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, women have the right and responsibility to cut off any tie they see a man wearing or kiss any man they find attractive. This day is called "Weiberfastnacht." Most businesses in Munich give their workers the day off so people are usually out in the street celebrating.

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