The wildest celebrations of the 11/11 date take place every year in Cologne, Germany. The revelers dress up in costumes and take to the streets, dancing and drinking, getting ready for weeks of partying. Different groups hold parades and provide street entertainment; bars and beergartens are crowded.
|The Cologne Cathedral|
The city of Düsseldorf is a strong contender for 11/11 party central. The day is called Hoppeditz Awakening here, named after a tradition based on the Hoppeditz character, who is sort of a carnival fool, or jester. Hoppeditz reawakens every year on 11/11 at 11:11 a.m. on the Marktplatz in front of the town hall to open the Düsseldorf Karneval. He begins by lampooning local politics, and he and the mayor engage in some good-natured hectoring, before the program continues on Burgplatz. More than 300 carnival sessions and costume balls are celebrated in Düsseldorf between Hoppeditz Awakening and Ash Wednesday.