Why men have to fear for their tie today

Why men have to fear for their tie today

Today is the day on which traditionally the “crones” snip off the men`s ties and storm the town halls – crones in power!
Historically this originates from the fact, that the tie used to be a symbol for uplifted positions and these were exclusively reserved for men. The cutting of this symbol was so to say a demonstration against the existing power proportions – and exactly this is, if we look on the current Me Too movement, what still today is one of the contemporary topics.
The origin of this tradition presumably started in a suburb of the city of Bonn called Beuel, where in those times many women worked as laundresses mainly for the wealthy townspeople of Cologne and Bonn. This is where most certainly the expression “men are being screwed “comes from, because about 1824 these women had enough of the fact, that their men celebrated carnival and they all had to stay at home. Therefor they founded the the“ Old Beuler women committee”. Initially they got together and had tea and coffee together exchanging about their problems, work and of course about the misconducts of their husbands. Over the years, they took over the planning and controlling of the carnival – so this is where it all started.
Nevertheless, from the cultural heritage side it is not explained why they dress up as witch bitches.
However, it could also be possible that carnival goes back on Germanic customs and so there is the possibility that they may have used the witch masks to banish evil spirits or even to banish the winter.
However today, it is Helau- Alaaf – and enjoy!

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