In Germany, Carnival celebrations begin on the 7th and run until the 13th February. Carnival is celebrated all over but the big parties take place in the Rhineland with The Carnival of the Jecke (Fools) in Cologne, Carnival in Düsseldorf and Mainzer Fastnacht. Carnival traditionally begins before Lent (6 weeks before Easter) originally taking place within Roman Catholic countries, however has now been adapted to Lutheran and Protestant countries. In Germany, carnival begins with Old Woman’s Day, in which women get dressed in costumes and celebrate the start of carnival. This day comes from a time in history, the year 1824, where washer women in a protest, stormed the city halls and cut men’s ties with scissors. The tradition is still kept alive today and the women are also allowed to kiss any man she takes a fancy to! The festivities include big parades in hundreds of streets, creative and decorated floats, pub-parties and big costume balls all displaying creative and colourful costumes!