A fun tradition in Germany allows women to cut a man's tie on the thursday ahead of shrove (or rose) monday:
And women do it everywhere!!! I have seen countless men with cut offs (some try to be clever and re-wear last years ruined tie - pretending some other women had already cut it that morning): most know it and take it with a bit of humour, some however can get really angry.
To my knowledge however, legal claims have never been admitted…
BTW this year it will be 02/20/2020....
Yet it is a bit of a bummer for the nice and expensive Hermes, but I presume, he has countless more and won't even notice the loss of that one...
Nice tradition! Do you know what the origin is? What the first cause was for it?
So in Germany there is a thing called "Fasching" = Karneval
It is a time of festivity and merry making - a time to break the rules, poke fun at those who make them and then to make your own new rules. In Germany, particularly in the Rhineland area, the tradition can be traced to medieval times where many countries existed under harsh rules.The "Weiberfastnacht" = Women's Shrovetide
Marks the transition on from Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is also used as a carnival for women.
On that day, that night, women are granted power for one day. This idea that the regiment was left to women on one since the Middle Ages. At a time when women were subordinate to men in everything and men exercised gender guardianship over women, it was considered a "wrong world" when women were given power.
So on this day, or evening, women in their costumes are at work, in pubs, and on the streets. It has been the custom since the mid-20th century for women to cut men's ties as a symbol of male power. Bluntly speaking, instead of cutting off a man's ding-dong, you cut off his tie to emasculate him for a brief second.
where I worked guys wore the ties they hated, or gotten gifted, so they had an excuse to get rid of them.