Photos: Germans prepare for Lent

People celebrate in the streets of Düsseldorf, Germany, during the traditional Rose Monday parade on Monday, February 11. Celebrations for Shrove Monday, the Monday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, take many forms in the Christian world, including Mardi Gras and Carnival, and Rose Monday in German-speaking countries.

People celebrate in the streets of Düsseldorf, Germany, during the traditional Rose Monday parade on Monday, February 11. Celebrations for Shrove Monday, the Monday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, take many forms in the Christian world, including Mardi Gras and Carnival, and Rose Monday in German-speaking countries.