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It is Carnival Season in Austria

26. January 2017

Put on the Ritz and get out your dancing shoes

The time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is the time of jesters, rituals and balls in Austria. For true carnival fans the “Narrenzeit” starts already on 11.11. at 11:11 am every year. One carnival party hunts the next, the consumption of “Krapfen“ – a kind of doughnut  filled with apricot jam - is enormous and traditional parades and feasts attract many onlookers.  Particularly popular, and not just for children, are colorful costumes, which are worn at street parades and parties. As the last day of the season, before 40 days of fasting up to Easter, the Carnival Day (Faschingsdienstag / on Tuesday 28 February 2017) is celebrated extensively all around Austria.

Carnival time is also ball season.

The traditional ball is an important characteristic of the Austrian carnival. Numerous pompous events enchant everyone with their abundance of elegant ball gowns and famous waltz melodies. Highlight of the ball season is the “Wiener Opernball” (23 February 2017) in the Vienna State Opera, which turns into a splendid ballroom for one day and is broadcast live around the world. With the traditional “Ballnatt i Wien” (11 February 2017) at the Grand Hotel Stockholm the Swedish-Austrian Association brings this Austrian tradition to Sweden.  

In this sense “Alles Walzer!”

A list of Austrian Balls can be found here .

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Ball season in Vienna