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February 2022

February is the month of love. It is a big celebration in South Africa, but not so popular in Germany. As a rule, restaurants do not offer any special Valentines deals and neither does the Hotels. The more commercial shops will have some specials.
Karneval is also celebrated in February but due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, most Karnaval events have been cancelled for 2022. Hopefully, we can write more about it next year. 

Weather

Season Winter
Time Central European Time (CET), one hour behind South Africa.
Weather The temperatures average between -2.4 °C and 3.5 °C. It could get much colder, depending on the location.
Snow is likely in the mountain areas. Coastal cities have a milder climate and the possibility of snow is low.
The average daily sunshine is 2.7 hours.

Public holidays

Holiday Date Bundesländer
None    

Observations

Date Holiday Information States
14 Feb 2022 Valentines Day. Not a big celebration in Germany All
24 Feb 2022 Women’s Carnival / Weiberfastnach This is a day when women
can express their freedom and have a lot of fun.
Tradition encourages ladies to cut men’s
ties and kiss the ones they fancy.
All
26 Feb 2022 Fastnachtssamstag   All
27 Feb 2022 Fastnachtssonntag 49 days before Easter All
28 Feb 2022 Rose Monday / Rosenmontag   All
01 Mar 2022 Fastnacht / carnival   All
02 Mar 2022 Ash Wednesday / Aschermittwoch A Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, and the first day of Lent All

Festivals and events

Event Date Information
Carnival / Fasching Cancelled 

Carnival
Fastnacht_und_Fasching

School holidays and terms

Holidays Season Date Information
Winterferien Depending on the Bundesland schulferien.org
Rosenmontag- most schools will be closed for the day

Karneval titbits

During Karneval, also called the fifth season,  things can get a bit “Narrisch” 
So what is Carnival, Fastnacht and Faching
These are basically the same but they differ from region to region.

  • Fasching – Austria, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen
  • Fastnacht – Baden, Franconia, Hesse, Saarland, Mainz, Swabenland, Switzerland and Luxumbourg
  • Karneval – Rhineland: Aachen, Bonn, Köln and Düsseldorf

Carnival is a celebration of excess and includes parades, floats, dancing, formal balls, wearing costumes, noise and a lot of partying. It is the period before Lent, that starts on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of repentance and abstinence in preparation for Easter.

Narrenrufe
The origins of these “fools calls” are not always clear and their exact meaning is also lost in time. Most villages have their own call.
Here are some of the most well known:

Call Where Meaning
Helau Mainz, Düsseldorf,
Koblenz
 
Alaaf Bonn and Aachen Alles ab or
everything down
Kölle alaaf only in Köln  
Wau-Wau all over  
Narri-Narro Schwabenland I’m a fool,
your are a fool
Ahoi Ludwigshafen and
in the North
 
Hasi Palau Paderborn Die Hasen.
Palau is a different
form of Helau.
Alleh hopp Saarland Los geht’s

 
Narrenzunft
This is yet another version of carnival.
The local carnival clubs of the Swabian-Alemannic carnival and some of the Rhenish carnival describe themselves as fools’ guilds. These guilds are mostly organised in the legal form of a registered association (Verein).

You can find the “Zunfttermine” here.
You can find a list of the associations / Vereine here.

Snow information

You can see the snow and ski conditions on the following websites

Food and drinks to try

February is time for comfort food, such as soups, hearty stews, roasts and potatoes.
Sauerkraut and Rotkohl are still very much in season.
Carnival is of course celebrated with food and drinks! Here are some to try:

  • Krapfen or Berliner (jelly-filled doughnut)
  • Bratwurst
  • Glühwein
  • Reibekuchen (potato pancakes)
  • Kölsch (beer in Köln)
  • Eisbein
  • Sauerbraten
  • Pretzels
  • falscher Hase (meatloaf)
  • Kartoffelsuppe (potato soup)

Fruits and veggies in season

Sources

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