take my advice and wear a polo shirt
Where we live the Karneval season has been in full swing since November, but Elemmaciltur just reminded me that today is also a very special day, especially in the Rhein and southern regions of Germany. As of 11:11 a.m. this morning, it was officially Weiberfastnacht, Women's Carnival Day. Weiberfastnacht, also known as schmutzige Donnerstag (dirty Thursday) marks the first day of the five days leading up to Rosenmontag, the end of Karneval, Ash Wednesday being the first day of Lent. The kids will be putting on their costumes on Monday morning (yes, there will be pictures!) and going to school for a day of fun.
Today is the day when women can let loose and show the men who's boss. Some women storm their local city hall demanding the keys to the city. Others go around cutting off men's neckties. That's right. A women goes up to a strange man and cuts off his tie, supposedly making him less masculine and therefore less powerful. And if she likes the looks of him she's also allowed to kiss him, or any other man who crosses her path. Whoo!
I may consider kissing someone (The mailman perhaps? Maybe the butcher? Or the produce manager at the market? I just can't make up my mind.) but I don't think I'll be messing with anyone's masculinity. Mr. M, who wears a tie to work every day, has amassed quite a collection of fashionable neckwear over the years and I know for a fact that he would throw an absolute fit if he saw me coming at him with a pair of scissors.
We'll just leave this strange custom to those ladies in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz who really know how to party.