Paint the town red

The "fifth season of the year" as Carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. And many Rhinelanders will surely have a good time today. During this festival of fancy dress they're probably going on the prowl. Have a night out and go on a pub crawl. Or they'll have a night oot on the skite, as the Scottish would say. Basically they're going to party all day and all night long. Do you actually know why they say "paint the town red"? Well, originally, the metaphor applied to bonfires painting the sky red. What a lovely image - I'll make sure to remember that next time I go out. And even though I'm not a big fan of Carnival, I hope those of you partying have a great time in Cologne! And if you prefer a slightly more sophisticated atmosphere, have fun, too!