Early carneval

Posted by Jørgen S. Kjølsen on Wednesday, February 26. 2014 in Ego

This Saturday I went for an early carneval. In my Family we meet up for having a carneval celebration, which will happen in the traditional Danish way with the game "The Cat in the Barrel". Here you put a living cat into a wooden barrel and then the adults take some clubs and by turn beat the barrel until the bottom and the cat falls out... The purpose of the game? To make sure no evil spirits will ruin our harvest or lifes; the screams from the cat will scare spirits and trolls and having the children killing the cat with sticks after just helps killing the Devil's assistant.

OK - ofcourse the cruelty is not made anymore: Now everyone can play - even the children. Oh! And ofcourse the cat is now exchanged with candy. Here is a photo of the game:

Source & Copyright: Hjarup.dk

But in my area we have a tradition to do it on horseback:

Source & Copyright: National Museum of Denmark

Other games that used to be played were to pull the head of a goose that was hung up side down. To beat your parents and the animals of the farm with twigs.

As you see on the photo from Hjarup 2013, it is very common that children are dressed out in different looks - and my sister and I like to do the same. You can kinda say that the carneval is our Halloween.
In 2012 I was a builder:

And this year I was a knight - more precisely a "drunken knight - freshly returned from the crusade" inspired by Black Adder's first season (episode two or three) The Archbishop:

And what about next year? I do not know yet, but I have plenty of good ideas!

Disclaimer: No cats, children or other living creatures were harmed during the event

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