Düsseldorf Karneval 2011 – “Jebuddelt, jebaggert, jebützt”

Now that Christmas and New Year are over, the Germans are starting to look forward to Karneval. Karneval is all about drinking. Of course technically speaking, we are in the Karneval season already. It began on November 11th last year with the Hoppeditz Erwachen session. The start of Karneval involves much drinking. This is when the “Hoppeditz” – the chief fool – claims power and the Fünfte Jahreszeit (fifth season, ie the silly season) starts. The motto of this year’s Karneval in Düsseldorf is: “Jebuddelt, jebaggert, jebützt” – local dialect meaning, “dug, bulldozed and plastered.” (edit: apparently jebützt means kissed – more on this in the comments). Don’t ask me to make sense of it… unusually for the Germans, nothing at Karneval makes any sense. Not surprising really, considering how much drinking is involved.

From November to the start of the pre-Lent festivities, nothing much happens outside of the actual Karneval Verein (the organising club who stage the Karneval celebrations each year). They hold sessions (these involve much drink, silly hats, comedy and song) and meanwhile everyone else gets on with their normal lives.

Then on Altweiberfastnacht – March 3rd this year – the Altweiber… the old women of the town, in hideous fancy dress, will storm the town hall led by the Hoppeditz, evict and emasculate the mayor and install their Karneval Prinz in power for the duration of Karneval. Hoppeditz and the Prinz will give a speech from the balcony of the town hall to the Alterweiber and other fools in the square below. Then everyone will get enormously drunk for five days.

Antennedüsseldorf via flickr

The Hoppeditz arrives to oust the mayor

by antenneduesseldorf via Flickr

Hoppeditz Erwachen - meet the new mayor!

by antennedüsseldorf via flickr

Düsseldorfers who at other times of the year are pretty sensible

Karneval’s highpoint is Rosenmontag, when there is a huge Karneval procession through the streets with elaborate floats, often with witty political messages.

Did I mention the drinking?


For more about German Karneval traditions, see my post over at Birds on the Blog:

John F. Kennedy, doughnuts and some very messy Germans


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11 responses to “Düsseldorf Karneval 2011 – “Jebuddelt, jebaggert, jebützt”

  1. Ooops. I’ve just learned that jebützt actually means kissed.
    The reference is apparently taking the piss out of the problems with the collapse of the Cologne underground railway.

    Integration into Germany isn’t as easy as the politicians suggest… I hope that doesn’t come up in the test you have to do to get German nationality!

  2. Susanne

    The whole motto is translated incorrectly, check out the official web site of the Karneval in Duesseldorf, where it says:
    “Jebuddelt, jebaggert, jebützt” is this year’s motto of Düsseldorf’s carnival – which freely translated means something to the effect of „coming on, flirting and kissing“.
    Not sure where you got the reference to Cologne’s subway issues from?

  3. The first time I was in Germany in 2000, I arrived in the middle of Karneval in Cologne; needless to say there was a lot of drinking, which only heightened the spectacle (geez, I sound like a drunk – hey, I was 20 and backpacking!), culminating in 2 guys guys dressed in dirndl-style outfits with blonde pigtails, complete with rosy cheeks. Fun!

  4. I’m so annoyed that we don’t celebrate Karneval in Hamburg. I could do with 5 days of drinking.

  5. Laurel@Expat Germany

    I’m hoping to get to Karneval as it sounds like something I need to see at least once.

  6. Creamtea

    I think it is actually a play with words… baggern is slang for flirting, so I guess it is covering both the idea of Karneval – where a lot of buetzen and baggern is happening and the hint with re to the underground.

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