Or: fuck you Elyscape, you can't tell me what to do! You're not my real dad anyway! This thread is for discussion on weird holidays your country celibrates, so we can talk about how weird they are. The start of this discussion can be found here (after all the body size talk), but I thought it could use a thread of its own (and it's more suited for January anyway). Summoning Davian Korran, Sofalisa, Ivi, MariPanda and Jaakusan. And everybody who was interested of course. So today a national holiday in The Netherlands started, called Carnaval. Or Vastelaovond for people in the south. It's mostely celibrated by people in the south and middle of the country. Vastelaovond means 'the night before fasting' and Carnaval comes from the Latin expression carne vale, meaning 'farewell to meat', because it's the last change to feast on meat before fasting. The modern interpretation of this holiday is that people get dressed up (like Halloween) and then proceed to get shitfaced (like Halloween). Except it lasts for about a week. Also, there are parades that look like this: With it come high doses of terrible music and lame jokes/puns. We also have a designated Prins Carnaval, a Master of Ceremony. I'm not sure what he does exactly to be honest, although he gets his own float in the parade. I can't really find the origin of the dressing up (will be looking into that later) but I'm assuming it comes from the same thing as Halloween: for chasing away evil spirits. It's one version of many midwinter fests that are celibrated around Europe, going as far as Russia (according to Wikipedia). Now Davian Korran and Ivi have already mentioned that they also have versions of this, Fastelavn in Denmark and Uzgavenes in Lithuania, though I'll let them explain how their respective countries celebrate. I was wondering if there are other Europeans who have a version of this holiday? Or maybe your country has a weird holiday that you're dying to talk about. Discuss!