Each February, Carnival is celebrated in the southern regions of The Netherlands and also spills over to the Dusseldorf area of Germany. Inhabitants celebrate Carnival in various ways - some simply have a few drinks and a dance, while others fully embrace the Carnival spirit by adorning themselves head-to-toe in fancy dress!
Our Dutch and German colleagues pulled out all the stops for this year’s event. From cops and robbers to sailors and erm, carrots, they made a fantastic effort, piecing together the most outlandish outfits and getting into character before heading off to the main event.
The celebrations officially begin once the mayor of the city hands over the key to ‘Prince Carnival’. He then has control over the city for a total of three days and with his subjects, celebrates the temporary establishment of the Kingdom of Fools. Then the Carnival goers make their way from pub to pub to greet Prince Carnival by cheering “alaaf!” three times.
“Carnival is a great event which brings us together through celebrating our different cultures. It really helps to strengthen our working relationships. The event was allowed us to let our hair down after a hard-working day and have lots of fun”, said one colleague.