The Dance of the Market Women
Welcome the spring at the annual Dance of the Market Women on February 13 at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich. The event is part of Munich Carnival, one of the biggest and grandest carnival (Fasching) celebrations in Germany.
The History of the Dance of the Market Women
This exciting and famous event has a rather humble history. Around the beginning of the 20th century, women at the Viktualienmarkt would dress up and dance in front of their stalls as part of the carnival celebration and, over the years, this simple yet fun tradition has grown into a full-on dance extravaganza.
Image credit: Stadtarchiv Munich / ZBE_B1513
Nowadays, the performers crack out a new routine every year, and rehearsals start as early as October, so don’t expect just a short and simple performance but a grand finale to the beloved carnival.
Glitz and glam at the Market
Visitors can expect 10 to 15 dancers, who don special costumes and show off their dance skills. Historically, the women would have worn costumes representing what they were selling, for both fun and practical purposes, and this unique tradition continues to this day.
For example, the ladies working at cheese stalls will have their dresses adorned with various types of cheeses, while those working at the bread, fruit or flower stalls will have their costumes decorated with pretzels, various fruit and florals.
From afar, guests will be able to guess which lady works where - a fun way to entertain the children!
Attending the Dance of the Market Women
The Dance of Market Women will be held at an open stage on the Viktualienmarkt, which is also one of the oldest and most famous farmers’ markets in the city.
Thumb image credit: Nagy / Presseamt München