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No 'Vastelaovend in Limburg' poster this year.

Provincie Limburg, provincial newspaper De Limburger and Carnaval association Sjeng Kraft Kompenei have decided not to publish the annual provincial art poster 'Vastelaovend in Limburg' this year.

In view of the current social situation and developments with the coronavirus, all parties consider it inappropriate to publish a poster now. The art poster will appear again in 2022.

Governor Theo Bovens finds it particularly unfortunate that there will be no Carnaval poster this year, but thinks the joint decision is the right one:

"The coronavirus is taking everyone's attention. Especially nowadays the poster would have a connecting role (#LimburgVerlicht) in our society. However all Carnaval activities have been cancelled and the corona virus is still keeping everyone in its grip. Moreover, it is unclear whether the shops where the posters are always picked up will be open again around that time, and we don't want to provide extra traffic and contact in times when we need to keep our distance. If you put all that in a row, it is obviously better to postpone the presentation of the poster for a year. Let's assume that there will be another carnival poster in 2022."

Image: Vastelaovend in Limburg poster 2020 © Yasja Ligtelijn

The free art poster 'Vastelaovend in Limburg' has been published since 2006, and is intended to involve as many Limburg residents as possible in Carnaval. In recent years, the poster has been distributed in a circulation of 75,000 copies.

Limburg (NL) lives all year round to 11 November, de elfde van de elfde (the 11th of the 11th). It is on this date, marked by 'crazy' number 11, that the Vastelaovend (dialect for Carnaval) season begins. During Vastelaovend, Zuid-Limburg turns on its head. The daily routine is pushed aside for a few days and the landscape colours 'roed, geel en greun' (red, yellow and green) for a few days.

Carnaval (Carnival) has been celebrated in many forms in many countries for centuries. It the Netherlands is originally a Catholic festival, which takes place just before forty days of fasting. In the past, Christians were not allowed to eat 'luxury' foods for forty days before Easter. In order to usher in this period, they wanted to go 'crazy' one more time: they did so during Carnaval. In dialect we therefore speak of 'Vastelaovend', derived from 'Vastenavond' (Fasting Eve). After a period of celebration Lent begins, of which Ash Wednesday is the first day. Although many people nowadays do not fast anymore, they make use of the Catholic Carnaval tradition to celebrate.

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