celebrating difference with awareness

Can a saree be worn during a Carnival event? Are Bavarians offended by wearing a dirndl? The thin line between cultural appropriation and respect is examined here.


When my husband and I relocated to the city of Bonn in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region of western Germany six years ago, we did what we always do when we move: we made an effort to assimilate. We also learned that one of the highlights of the largely Catholic NRW's social calendar is the Carnival season, which peaks the week before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, a period of 40 days leading up to Easter. And a big part of this pre-Lenten fun is dressing up.


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