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Karneval – The Fifth Season

Karneval has begun! The Fifth Season ends with the great Winter Ball on February 3rd.

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Karneval is the Fifth Season

There are different words in German for the Carnival or “Mardi Gras” Season: Karneval, Fasching and Fastnacht. Although all three refer to the same pre-Lenten holiday season, they each reflect the regional customs and traditions in Germany. Missouri Germans have immigrated from all over Germany for the past 175 years. The Fifth Season in St. Louis is most commonly referred to as Karneval and will begin on the 11th of November !

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German Christmas Traditions

Immigrants often bring traditions that we adopt and call American. Many of our American German Christmas Traditions came to this country with our emigrant ancestors! Perhaps some have become so traditional that we no longer even realize that they came from Germany originally. How many of these do you and your family enjoy? The Christmas tree, many of our favorite carols, shopping, and even Santa Claus came with our German ancestors.

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