On Monday Die Zaunkönige and their siblings celebrated Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the highlight of the German Karneval. While in Cologne – one of the carnival strongholds in Germany – the carnival fools were waiting for the storm to subside, we were busy making colourful masks. Part of the “crazy” street carnival is to wear costumes, dance and watch the famous parade of fantastical floats make its way through the city.
Instead of my usual group of school children I had basketball players, a striking pink unicorn, a panda who must have escaped the zoo, a scary ghost and even an elf attending class.
All of them got right into the party games which included musical chairs, balloon races, dances and tennis and not to forget the ever so popular musical statues. To keep these hungry creatures happy, we fed them doughnuts. Traditionally it would have been Berliner Pfannkuchen, a similar pastry filled with jam.
The kids had so much fun celebrating Karneval that we extended our usual session by almost an extra hour.