Carnival : Wow, the whole town turns into one big party during the carnival. And that is not for just one day, it starts on a Thursday and goes on until the next Tuesday. Everyone wears silly clothes, and goes to the pub or anywhere else where there is a party.
In Oldenzaal there is a big parade on the Sunday. About a 100.000 people visit our little town and help us celebrate. On the Monday there is the childrens parade and on Tuesday evening they close the carnival celebrations on the town square with 'bokverbranden'. It is a tradition that varies from town to town, but in Oldenzaal they burn a goat of wood and have beautiful fireworks after that.
Carnival is not celebrated all over the Province. Actually the biggest celebrations in the Province of Overijssel are in Oldenzaal.
Every year in August there is a ballooning festival in Oldenzaal. This event is held in park 'The Hulsbeek'.
35 balloons are present on this event. Lots of ordinary ones, but also some beautiful special shape balloons.
It is not the biggest ballooning festival in the world, but it is fun! I have heard about festivals where there are 700 balloons! Wow, that would be awesome to see! Maybe I will see that myself one day, but in the mean time I am quite happy watching 35 of them.
My most favourite part of the festival is the Nightglow. I used to go almost every year.
At the nightglow, the balloons look so beautiful when the torches light them up. It is a show in which the balloons play the main part. They start to "glow" on the beat of the music and when the torches stop it is pitch black again. And not only the balloons glow to the music, there is also fireworks that makes the whole event even more special. The balloons don't go in the air, they just glow for the show effect. The nightglow is on the last day of the event, a Friday evening, around 11 o'clock. The show lasts for about half an hour and the entrance is free.
You can find more information about the ballooning on this website : http://www.twenteballooning.nl/
Dôar lig tuss'n Déénkel en Regge 'n laand
oons mooie en neerige Twèènte
't Laand van katoen en 't laand van d'n es
den greun is in wéénter en lèènte.
Doar ruust de rouw op d'n kaamp in de wéénd
geet 't rad van de möl in de bekke gezwéénd
Dôar steet nöast d'n eek'n d'n beuk en de dan
Dat is oons zo leeve land Twèènte (2x)
Woar Twickel zien' toorns oet 't eek'nloof beurt,
de Lutte zien baarge döt bléénk'n
'n Boak'n in de boerschop op poas'n nog braandt,
't jonkvolk nog den hoorn löt kléénk'n.
Dôar kronkelt den Déénkel zo mooi deur 't laand,
deur brook en deur buske en 't Loslkerse zaand.
Dôar zitte wiej geern op 't töpk'n van de barg,
en kiekt is hoo mooi is ons Twèènte. (2x)
De rookwolk'n daampt an den horizon op,
Dôar li'jt oonze greujende steed'n.
Dôar drönt de masien' en dôar rettelt de töw,
da's Twèènte zien krachtige heden.
Um 'n heerd in de boerschop as 't griezelt op 't veld,
dôar wödt nog van vrogger de deunkes verteld.
Dôar röst om de beelten den Saks en tubant,
't Verleden noast 't heden van Twèènte. (2x)
En hew mangs van doon um oet Twèènte te goan,
weij blieft an oons Tukkerlaand dèènk'n,
gen' aandere laandstrek, ho mooi offe is,
kan 't zölfde as Twèènte ons schèènk'n.
Wiej doot in den vrömd'n mekaander de haand
geft datied mekaa in de sproak van ons laand,
al rookt oonz'n schossteen biej 't volk oaver zee,
oons hat blif toch aaltied in Twèènte. (2x)
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Throwing the eggs in the air...and than you have to catch the egg of your partner.
What a mess !!
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