It's Fasching!

5:28:00 PM Brooke Neal 8 Comments

Every February my children get a week off of school, they call it 'ski week', the public calls it Fasching.  Call it what you like, my children are thrilled because it's a week of no school! Usually, we go somewhere (other than skiing) for the break, but this year we chose to stay home and I am glad we did because it is the first year I've gone downtown to participate (as a non-dressed up by stander) in the festivities.
So what is Fasching? I swiped this answer off the internet..."What is Fasching, Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasnacht, Fastelabend? They are all one and the same thing: pre-Lenten festivities celebrated in grand style in mostly the predominantly catholic regions of the German-speaking countries. The Rhineland has its Karneval, Austria, Bavaria and Berlin calls theirs Fasching, and the German Swiss celebrate Fastnacht."

Translation--A reason to party hard before Lent begins. On Tuesday night a big straw doll representing the sins of Fasching is burned and/or buried--it's all in the lead up to Easter.  Being that I am not Catholic, I've never celebrated Lent, but this year I am going to give it a go--in my own way.  
I am not giving up anything, instead I am going to commit to studying German every day!  My Deutsch is horrible and I've been taking these classes (which are not cheap), but making little progress because I don't practice. So in the spirit of commitment and sacrifice, I am joining the devout to improve myself through study.  There, I've said it and now I am committed!  
Back to my pictures, see the smurfs in top right corner?  One of them came up to me and asked for my number.  I had to laugh, but hey, I'll take the compliment!
Okay, I stared at this guy for 5 minutes.  He has to be totally uncomfortable walking around with his head pushed forward like that!  Pretty cool though, huh! Anyways, if you ever get a chance to participate in Fasching or Carnival festivities I would encourage you to do so.  I imagine our celebration in Munich is small compared to Rio or Venice, but I sure enjoyed the music and lively atmosphere!  Maybe next year I'll even dress up!


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8 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun celebration! I love reading about diferent festivals around the world. We have a lot of festivals in Japan but they are very different to this! Visiting from Travel Tuesday :)

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  2. Beautiful pics. Those festivities are going on here in Belgium too right now. Looks very similar.

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  3. What a bizarre and fun thing to be a part of!

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  4. What amazing colors, and love that outfit made of bottle tops. How innovative that is. Great shots!

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  5. It's so fascinating to see how different countries celebrate this season. Thanks for linking up with Travel Tuesday!
    And I was reading through your "about me" page and I can SO relate to traveling with children. I experience the same exact thing!! Even if they do get bored, I think it is so great that we can expose them to so many different cultural things. I think they will look back on it fondly. I hope so anyway! ;)

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  6. My school never really got us time off for Fasching! ;) But I'm glad your children got to enjoy this very German tradition! I have to admit, I never really got into Fasching, but I did love it as a kid - nowadays, it's usually way too cold for me! ;) Good luck on practicing your German - that's a great goal for lent!

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  7. So glad you have fun experiencing Fasching! I loved that about our time in Germany. Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday x

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