The “Karneval”, a celebration of German culture, took place on Feb. 19 at the Global Lounge. Organized by the German Association, the event brought beer, food and a taste of German customs and traditions to the university.
Carnivals are typically celebrated in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and involve many
different festivities, which vary amongst countries and regions.
Reetu Rajbhandari, Public Secretary of the German Association, said the atmosphere of a carnival is very attractive, especially when it is celebrated in a German-speaking country. “We want to bring that atmosphere to Hong Kong,” she said.
The event’s participants enjoyed beer and snacks from Germany and Belgium. There were several game booths set up, including a dart-board, a hoop game, beer-pong, and a mystery box activity. Participants could also try dressing up in traditional German clothing, and get their face painted with flags.
“It’s a very nice get-together, and I really like to be in Hong Kong and attend such an event which has a connection to my own country,” said Simon Dietlmeier, a current exchange student from Germany. Simon added that distinct cultural elements were reflected in the event, with an international style.
“It’s pretty good, plenty of people, beer is good and games are fine, too”, said James Lee, a local student. James has participated in almost every activity run by the German Association and is heading to the country for exchange next year and .
The tickets for the Karneval were priced at $20 and $25 for an ordinary and VIP ticket respectively. The association hosts other activities over the year, including their Annual Bazaar in October and a wine tasting activity in March.