Frühlingsfest 2014

1:52:00 PM Brooke Neal 2 Comments

Have you ever been to a carnival that was deserted?  And by that I mean, the carnival is "open" but, not a single ride is moving and there is practically not another soul on the grounds except for your photography group. That's exactly what we found when we showed up to practice our 'moving target' photography skills. Needless to say, our skills didn't get much practice, but it was interestingly eerie  to be alone with all these colorful machines.  
Frühlingsfest is like a spring Oktoberfest.  It is held in the same location with the same rides and they even set up large beer tents, it just isn't as big. Tuesday is always family day with discounted tickets until 5:00pm. It's a celebration of Spring and its renewal of life...or just another reason to party. Municher's love being outside, especially after a long dark winter.  Normally, the carnival is packed with families, especially on the weekend.


By the time I leave Germany I think I will have photographed these ginger bread hearts 100 times!  They are incredibly popular, but taste marginal!



Hoping the carnival would pick up after lunch we went inside the tent for a bite to eat.  This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the fest and they had the posters from previous years framed on the walls.


This is the tent--it's not what you'd imagine a tent to be. It has a hard floor with real walls.  In fact, the only tent part about it is is the ceiling.  These places are massive and can hold 1000 people. Come dinner time this place will be full of people and the band will be playing traditional Bavarian music.  Some might think a lot of this is just for show--put on for tourists--but it's not.  German's enjoy their traditions. The gingerbread houses with flower boxes, the campy accordion music and the dirndl and lederhosen, they all add to a sense of identity and civic pride.
Honestly, I am not a fair-goer.  In the United States I equate the State Fair with...well, I will keep that opinion to myself.  Suffice it to say, it's not my thing, but in Germany it feels different.   I count myself blessed to witness and take part in another culture and grow to appreciate "different."

If find yourself in Bavaria at the end of April/beginning of May, you won't be disappointed.  Villages celebrate the raising of new May Poles by dancing and making merry.  The weather has improved and best of all, the throngs of tourists haven't yet descended on the country.  It's a good time to visit, and eat a pretzel while you're at it.

2 comments:

  1. It was a strange feeling wasn't it that day? I half expected scooby doo to appear! :D

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  2. I have never heard of this festival! I am with you on the heart cookies!

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