The most important carnival dates
- Women's Carnival Day: 4 February 2016
- Rose Monday: 8 February 2016
- Carnival Tuesday: 9 February 2016
- Ash Wednesday: 10 February 2016
The carnival season takes place predominantly between the New Year and Ash Wednesday. However, carnival revellers celebrate the start of the carnival season on the 11th day of the 11th month bang on 11.11 a.m.
From Women's Carnival Day ("Weiberfastnacht") the Thursday before Rose Monday until Carnival Tuesday, an established routine of gatherings, balls and processions rolls by, and halls, pubs and bars ring out with the sound of celebrations, singing and dancing. Throughout Cologne, normal everyday life is suspended during this time and many institutions are closed.