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A woman throws confetti

Confetti (in Basel also Räppli , in St. Gallen Rheintal also Punscherli, in Austria Koriandoli ) are small, colorful scraps of paper that are thrown into the air or at people, especially during Carnival parades , but also at other celebrations - such as children's birthdays or weddings . Sometimes a confetti cannon is also used.


The word confetti , which has been attested since the 18th century, is borrowed from the Italian confetti (plural of confetto ) . It denotes prepared, prepared, sugar stuff in the meaning of confectionery . Both words go back to the Latin noun confectum , which is derived from the past participle con-ficere in the sense of getting ready, preparing .

Confetti originally referred to those sweets that masked carnival participants threw at each other, namely sugared almonds , nuts and imitations of ice cream . Consequently, many people associate the term confetti with the events of carnivals, festivals and award ceremonies.


Foil confetti thrown into the air from a confetti thrower

In the paper industry, confetti is a waste product from the perforation of continuous paper , but it is also manufactured as an independent product by some specialized companies. The only confetti factory in Switzerland is in Näfels ; it produces 200 tons of confetti annually.

For the confetti rain, special confetti, so-called slow-fall confetti made of tissue paper or foil, is used, which stays in the air up to ten times longer than conventional paper confetti . Sometimes a hole punch is used to punch out confetti and make it yourself.

More word meaning

  • Confetti is also the name of a Mainz Carnival skewer from the 1960s. The world premiere was in the 1930s, and there was a new version of the performance in 1966 at the Mainz City Theater (today's Mainz State Theater). The music comes from Franz Rohr (1913–2002); Participants in confetti included Eckart Dux , Gaby Reichardt ( Hesselbach family ) and Toni Mag (Hesselbach family). It was broadcast nationwide by ZDF on February 20, 1966.
  • The New York confetti parade (English ticker tape parade ) takes its name from the strips of paper used by teleprinters and the confetti that are thrown from the skyscrapers along the parade by the ton.
  • At Italian weddings, confetti (almonds covered with icing) are filled into small bags and distributed to the wedding guests.

Web links

Commons : Confetti  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Duden: The dictionary of origin. Etymology of the German language. Mannheim 2007, lemmas confetti and confectionery.
  2. Markus Schneider: The Confetti King. In: Schweizer Familie , February 2019.
  3. Tages-Anzeiger online February 27, 2014