Munich’s own version of Carnival is in full swing. The annual celebration runs for the week prior to Fat Tuesday, and much of central Munich is decorated for the affair. You’re likely to see women (and men for that matter) out at the bars in sparkly dresses and funny hats, or any other kind of party outfit. Originally the event was a pagan festival, but over the years it became associated with the Catholic Church. Given that Bavaria remained primarily Catholic through the years, the city uses it as one more reason to party. Many people get Tuesday afternoon off of work and collect at the Viktualienmarkt for the big celebration.