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Why Are So Many Shops Closed On Carnival Monday?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

I just came back from the city center where I had to do a few things and I simply can't believe how many shops are closed today:

- Post office: closed
- Bank: closed
- Gas station: closed
- Beverage shop: closed
- Dry-cleaner: closed

There were only a few supermarkets open, nothing else.  Angry Fortunately I found an open gas station after driving a bit around town.

This is getting out of hand! Last time I checked I saw that Carnival Monday isn't a public holiday here in Germany, especially not here in the Ruhr-Area. I wouldn't complain when I would live a few kilometers westward in Dusseldorf or Cologne where people are Carnival crazy.

How is it in other parts of Germany and in other countries? Business as usual or everything closed?

Patrick

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Perhaps all of the employees have gone to the carnival? Wink


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Typical.

You guys over there are closed more than you are open.
 Wink



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Last time I checked I saw that Carnival Monday isn't a public holiday here in Germany,

It might as well be here.....it's Lundi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday is tomorrow.....crowds are already camping out on St. Charles Ave for the Rex/Zulu parades tomorrow.....no school until Thursday.

It's also President's Day here in the US, so no mail delivery, Wall Street is closed.....however the airport never rests, so I'm here doing my thing, keeping my contractors in line, etc, etc.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7916 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

Move to northern Germany (or Berlin). Rose Monday is a perfectly normal working day here.


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User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Because its presidents day Big grin

Glad to see the rest of the world celebrating an American holiday, as the world should.  Wink



Here is a pic of some random president, so you know who your celibrating.



and another. If anybody knows who these two gents are please let us know. I guess its their birthdays or something.
 Wow!









PS. notice the little smileys, they make you feel loved dont they =) and also point out my sarcasm.


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Normal business day in my neck of the woods... In fact, Carnival is no biggie here; you just have schoolkids dressed up in costumes, breaking eggshells on each other's heads (quite fun Big grin ). I think some communities in the countryside celebrate it, though.


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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

One of the countless advantages of Hamburg: no carnival.
We don't need Pappnasen and Kölsch (for those who don't know it - that's kind of horse pee) to feel happy for 4 days. We are happy being ourselves 365 days a year... Big grin


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8616 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 5):
Glad to see the rest of the world celebrating an American holiday, as the world should.

What was that bit about "exporting cultural values" again?  Wink  duck 

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 7):
One of the countless advantages of Hamburg: no carnival.

Oh, how I wish BaWü would grow to the same level of maturity! Big grin



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
in other countries? Business as usual or everything closed?

Carnival and Mardi Gras (and certainly Presidents Day, you upstart rebel colonials  snooty  ) means as much to us as Guy Fawkes night does to you. Thus, normal working day.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
Guy Fawkes

Anytime one of my guy friends fawkes, we celibrate. Big grin

Cheers,


User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1064 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

In Cologne,things are not just closed but boarded up hurricane style.

I took these yesterday

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c155/clodwig/070219133.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c155/clodwig/070219109.jpg






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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1065 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 7):
One of the countless advantages of Hamburg: no carnival.
We don't need Pappnasen and Kölsch (for those who don't know it - that's kind of horse pee) to feel happy for 4 days. We are happy being ourselves 365 days a year...

haha  Smile !

i'm studying this year in hamburg - might see you by the cafe on the bridge at HAM some day!

toni



Set the controls for the heart of the Sun
User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

My wife and me are sometimes having breakfast at the Marche Restaurant at the airport on sundays, when the weather is nice. Afterwards some spotting, depending on where they land at that time.

Been spotting last sunday at Flughafenstrasse bridge, next to Rwy 23. Missed the Iran Air flight though, which arrived early  Sad ...


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

As long as the Alcohol shops are open on carneval, everything's fine  bigthumbsup 

User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3396 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Just came home after 6 days of non-stop drinking. I cannot understand why some people do not like Karneval. It was so great this year.

Fortunately, in cologne there is a kiosk every 500 metres where you get Kölsch Beer...

ALAAF!!!


User currently offlineDba4U From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 657 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Yeah, no Jaecken (How the f*** is that spelled?) and Koelsch here in HAM, very nice. Wouldn't mind having the monday off tough... Big grin

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 15):
Just came home after 6 days of non-stop drinking.

Kudos to you, Sir!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 15):
I cannot understand why some people do not like Karneval.

I never said that I don't like Karneval, it is fun to party in Dusseldorf or Cologne, I just complained about the closed shops here in the Ruhr-Area on Carnival Monday.

Patrick

[insert sound which appears after a "Büttenrede" here]  Wink


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
Guy Fawkes night does to you. Thus, normal working day.

You'd honestly think it would appeal to Americans, especially since celebrations include fireworks and bonfires. We love any excuse to shoot off fireworks here, legally or illegally.


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