(RNS) — In the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, the centers of traditionally Catholic cities in Germany turn into huge street parties for costumed revelers on a last binge of drinking, dancing and singing before the 40 days of fasting in Lent.

The age-old Christian background to the Carnival festivities — Karneval in German — is mostly forgotten, but religion came up in a new way this year as organizers faced an interesting question. Can Jews and Muslims join in the merrymaking?

At a time of rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, their presence at the parades and parties would send the strong

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