- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2016

Carnival organizers in Cologne and Bonn, Germany, have started distributing leaflets ahead of next week’s celebrations that explain sexual consent to migrants.

“Carnival is a centuries old tradition. People wear fancy dress costumes, celebrate, sing and dance together,” reads the leaflet, which was printed in a number of languages including English, French, Arabic and Farsi, the Daily Mail reported.

“In the Rhineland region, everyone can join in during carnival,” but “we must treat each other with respect and observe the law,” it states.

The “information for refugees” leaflet comes after the number of sexual assault complaints surpassed 800 following the mass sex attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Carnival is expected to be a bigger celebration than New Year’s in the Rhineland where cities such as Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf participate in a weeklong street party. A million people are expected on the streets of Dusseldorf alone next Monday when the festival begins, the Daily Mail reported.

“‘Butzen’ means kissing somebody on the cheek, one of our carnival customs,” the leaflet says. “Sexual overtures are strictly prohibited. Women and men must always consent to the ‘butzen’. No means no!”

“Dancing to the music is also a way to celebrate carnival. Many people also celebrate with drinks and alcohol. Please - only in moderation!” it continues, adding that “urinating in public is forbidden!”

Bonn carnival chief Christoph Arnold distributed the leaflets in person at a refugee center along with representatives of the police and the local integration commissioner Colette Manemann.

In Cologne, the leaflets explain that alcohol consumption, which is forbidden in Islam, is a popular past time at these events.

“Many in Cologne will be drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages at carnival time, but of course there is no obligation to do so,” it reads. “Having fun, singing and dancing can all be done as well without alcohol.”

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