THE ÜBERLINGER HÄNSELE
A very famous traditional carnival figure of Baden - Württemberg is the Überlinger Hänsele. The Hänsele indeed is the main figure of the carnival. The participants are only male and women are not allowed to join the dressed men. The men could stay anonymous if they want to. This tradition of dressing up dates from 1496, when a rule was created that banned people from wearing a “devil” – like suit, which in reality is the modern Hänsele costume. The costume itself is very colorful with differently patterned squares. It also has a foxtail and the mask is sprayed with a woman’s perfume. The men also carry a heavy whip, which also appears to be a tradition in the city of Überlingen. The fest appears on the weekend before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar); as well as occasionally on the second Sunday in July.