Photo by Molly Hayden

Weiberfaching is no drag here in Germany. Men dress up as women to participate in the fun of “ladies’ day.” Photo by Molly Hayden, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One day each year, women around Germany officially rule the roost during Weiberfasching.

 

Celebrated on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday — which is Feb. 10, 2016 — Weiberfasching (meaning women’s carnival) marks the transition from the Fasching fest season into the Lenten season leading up to Easter — and it’s all about the ladies.

 

In some German cities, a ritual takeover of the town halls by local women has become a yearly tradition.


 

Among other established customs, women cut off men?’s ties, which are seen as a symbol of men’s status.

 

The men then wear the stumps of their ties for the rest of the day to receive a “Buetzchen” (a peck on the cheek) as compensation.

 

It’s an unofficial holiday, but the party often starts early. Many breweries, bars and clubs cater to the ladies, offer “women only” parties.

 

As such, men dress up as women to “sneak in” and join the fun, although the long beards and size 14 high heels usually give them away.


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