DDE May 2013 - Happiness is Here Parade by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

WDW Spring 2013 - Checking out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

DLP Oct 2013 - Halloween in Disneyland Paris by PeterPanFan on Flickr.


Karneval in Erfurt, Thüringen, Eastern Germany. There are 3 different words in German for ‘carnival’: Karneval, Fasching, and Fastnacht. Although all 3 refer to the same pre-Lenten observance, each has a slightly different tradition and reflects the customs in different regions. Generally speaking, Karneval is the word used in the Rheinland in North/West Germany, while Fasching and Fastnacht are used further South. The big day for Karneval is Rose Monday; Fasching parades usually take place the day before. One of Germany’s largest parades happens in Braunschweig in Niedersachsen - it’s called “Schoduvel” (“scaring away the devil”) and dates back to 1293. The term Fasching is also seen in Berlin and other parts of Northern Germany. Fastnacht, mostly used in Swabia, is also used in Mainz. Karneval is a newer, more recent (17th century), Latin-based word. It probably comes from carne levare (“away with meat”), relating to Catholic LentCarnevale in Venice, Italy is one of the earliest documented carnival celebrations in the world. It featured still-popular traditions, incl. parades and masks. Gradually the Italian Carnevale customs spread North to other Catholic countries. including France. From there, it came to the Rheinland and elsewhere. The 3rd common term for carnival, Fastnacht, refers to the Swabian-Alemannic version, which differs somewhat from Fasching and Karneval, and is found in Baden-Württemberg, Franken (Northern Bavaria), and Hessen. Fasching is used in Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen. We sometimes call it the “5th season”. 

Starting Date
Although many carnival organizations traditionally begin their official activities on November 11 (11/11) at 11:11 a.m., the real starting date for Karneval or Fasching activities is usually January 6 (Epiphany). It is only following the Christmas and New Year’s season that carnival preparation really gets underway. Organizations begin planning balls and building floats. If there are any events on Nov 11, they are brief and only serve as a mini pre-carnival. Very little happens between Nov 12 and Jan 5. No matter the name, almost all carnival observances end at midnight on Shrove Tuesday. The next day, Ash Wednesday, is the official start of Lent, even if very few people today actually fast until Easter. Historically, the purpose of carnival was to live it up before the start of Lent and its 40 days of gustatory sacrifice.

DDE May 2013 - Meeting Max and Prince Eric by PeterPanFan on Flickr.



“The German cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf have one of the wildest carnivals in Europe - and a rivalry. We dive into the party to compare carnivals in the Rhineland!” Essential Dates:

Women’s Carnival Day (Weiberfastnacht): 4th February

Rose Monday (Rosenmontag): 8th February

Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch): 10th February

DDE May 2013 - Le rêve d'un Matin de Marie by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

WDW Spring 2013 - Checking out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

DLP Halloween 2012 - Goofy’s Shake Your Bones Dance Party! by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

DLP Oct 2013 - Mickey’s Halloween Celebration by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

There’s so much to be thankful for

trolligarchy asked:

Are there any troll holidays that aren't just troll versions of Christmas/Halloween/etc?? This could include caste specific celebrations

I can list a few just off the top of my head!

The Mirthful faith probably holds a day for each of their Messiahs; one to kick off each half of the sweep (colloquially referred to as “years”).

The first one honours the Lord of Time, English, and takes place sometime after the beginning of the sweep. It’s called Calismas and it’s all about destruction and murder as a cleansing activity to usher in the New Sweep. Hardcore religious/murdery types probably treat it as a 12th Perigees’: Part Two and in general it’s the big explosive event that finishes off the holiday season.

The second one, obviously, honours the Lord of Space, Old Doctor Scratch, and is probably celebrated in a manner that focuses on creation and rejuvination moreso than destruction. A lot of emphasis is placed on the green moon and its nourishing light, and gifts are placed at local brooding cavern orifices. This one is probably overlooked a lot in mainsteam Subjugglatorial media and social circles because it isn’t nearly as violent or exciting as Calismas.

They’ve also got various specific dates set to celebrate various angels or historical Grand Highbloods in much the same way we have saint’s days and such.

The older lowblood faiths probably have a night for each of their seven rainbow serpents, spaced evenly across the sweep. Each of them ushers in a different traditional lowblood season, and they all have their own very specific and very important rituals involved with them. 

I’m inclined to think trolls have an 'Ancestry Night,’ which is, obviously, only celebrated by trolls who believe in ancestors - so mostly a highblood occasion - and a ‘Lusus Night.’ The idea of it taking place on ascension day does make sense, as the pair moving into space together definitely does mark a big new chapter in the lusus/troll relationship.

It’s probably celebrated mostly by lowbloods, who spend the event mutually making preparations for their ascension with their lusus and making sure everything is as comfortable as possible. For many highbloods, on the other hand, the occasion can just be the night they throw their custodian onto an ark vessel and can finally stop needing to think of them as anything but a particularly trustworthy mount.

Effort and Engagement at your LTI

What does it mean to do high quality work at your LTI? Share an example of high quality work you observed your mentor do. What is something you have helped to create either through your project or in your day to day work at the LTI site that is high quality? 

At my LTI site doing high quality work is to do a task with the utmost respect, care, and diligence when tackling a problem. One example I can describe revolves around my mentor organizing party events. Being the activities coordinator she’s in charge of planning celebratory events. She has planned and executed very excellent parties filled with good food and happy people. Something I have helped create that was high quality are the decorations I help my mentor put up for every season & holiday, and organizing cheerful and pleasant events for the residents. 

DDE May 2013 - Disney Dreamers Everywhere Gala Dinner Show and Grand Finale by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

DLP Oct 2013 - Mickey’s Halloween Celebration by PeterPanFan on Flickr.

Get ready for thanksgiving!

Upcoming Events!

We’ve taken a little bit of a break from events for the Holiday season, but now the decorations are put away, the feasts are fully digested, the trees are on the side of the road, and EVENTS ARE BACK! Here are the upcoming first kid’s events of the new season:

Henrik Tamm – Saturday, February 6th @4:00 p.m.

Henrik Tamm, author of the recent kid’s novel Ninja Timmy joins us to talk about the book and his life in the kid’s publishing industry. Henrik Tamm is more widely known for his work as a conceptual artist, working on films like Shrek and Captain America: First Avenger. Ninja Timmy is Tamm’s first middle-grade novel.
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Raina Telgemeier – Sunday, February 7th @1:00 p.m. OFFSITE

Raina Telgemeier, author of the wildly popular middle-grade graphic novels Drama, Smile and Sisters, comes to the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library to present her latest work, Baby-Sitter’s Club Graphix #4 Claudia and Mean Jeanine. Telgemeier’s skillful re-imagining of the classic Baby-Sitter’s Club novels are so far a hit and that trend continues with the release of #4! A perfect event for graphic novel enthusiast or budding comic artists!
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DLP April 2012 - Disney Magic on Parade! by PeterPanFan on Flickr.