To give you an idea, Carnival is celebrated these days by drinking, eating, dancing, and a lot of music whilst wearing a costume. It still symbolizes the feasts and serves as an outlet from ordinary life which used to be followed up by 40 days of fasting. I do not know how many people in the Netherlands still consider it this way, and I also do not know anyone personally who actually goes through fast after Carnival. However, a good friend of mine once did give it her own twist by not drinking any Coca-Cola for 40 days. And, yes, she succeeded.
Another big thing that belongs to Carnival, at least as far as it is celebrated in Limburg, are the parades. The parades include different groups as well as individuals who walk in the parade followed by the big parade car of the Carnival Prince of that particular town.
This year, I only celebrated Carnival for two days because I had to work. Saturday, February 9 I went to cafe Bolero with a couple of my friends:
Sunday, February 10 I went to Merkelbeek (a small town near where I live) to see the parade there with some of my friends. Here some pictures of the colourful parade out in the cold:
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I had to leave a seperate space for what's up next because...
Yes! Even 50 Shades of Grey had its own place in the parade (which I thought was quite funny):
|Another group picture! :3|