Beggar’s Wedding

The Beggar's Wedding or the Holy Beer of Ascholding

At former times, poorer domestic servants were only allowed to marry if they could prove that they were able to support the community. They had to be obedient, pious and hard-working and be home by nine in the evening. They could only let the mess out during carnival. Out of revenge, for fun and to deride the big farmers and other rulers, the poor people celebrated the crudest imaginable parody of the hypocritical morals of the authorities. The priests were the main target of the ranting.

Every 10 years, the people in the small Bavarian village of Ascholding celebrate such a beggar's wedding

published in the magazine Bayern and here