Shrove Monday Date in the current year: February 8, 2016

Shrove Monday Shrove Monday (the Monday before Ash Wednesday) is the highlight of Carnival in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Faroe islands and some other countries. It is known as Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) in Germany and as Fastelavn in Scandinavia.

The carnival season in Germany begins on November 11 and culminates on Shrove Monday. In contrast to Germany, in Austria and some other European countries the highlight of the carnival is Shrove Tuesday, widely known by its French name Mardi Gras.

Rosenmontag is not a public holiday in Germany, but schools are typically closed on this day. Many businesses tend to give employees the day off on Shrove Monday and sometimes even on Thursday before Rosenmontag, granting them a long weekend.

Shrove Monday celebrations in Germany typically include parades and general public displays with floats. People dress up in fancy costumes, dance and drink. The celebrations wind down on Shrove Tuesday and end on Ash Wednesday.

In Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe islands this day is known as Fastelavn. This term comes from Old Danish and means “fast-evening”, i.e. the evening before Lent. In Iceland, the name Bolludagur is used. Fastelavn celebrations also include parades and other festivities.

Fastelavnsbolle (or bolludagsbolla in Iceland) is a typical Fastelavn treat. It is a round sweet bun covered with icing. It might also be filled with whipped cream.

In many Caribbean countries Shrove Monday is the opening day of Carnival, thus it is referred to as Carnival Monday. It involves parades, but on this day they are typically not in full swing yet.

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