Fasnet in Freiburg – What is it all about?

You may have successfully survived the exam period but be aware that the next few days in Freiburg won’t be any less crazy: the main events of the so-called “fifth season” start this Thursday! Call it Fasnet, Fastnacht, Carnival or Fasching – there are many different traditions around this time of year, but the Swabian-Alemannic Fasnet celebrations are definitely a sight worth seeing and attract crowds of spectators every year. Weiterlesen

Traditionelles Gebäck: Leckere Fasnachtsküchle

Die Fasnachtsküchle backt man traditionell am „Schmotzigen Donnerstag“, an dem die schwäbisch-alemannische Fasnacht beginnt. Das Wort „schmotzig“ bedeutet „fettig“, denn an diesem Tag werden vor den Fastenwochen sämtliche kalorienreiche Lebensmittel wie Butter und Eier aufgebraucht, um Fettgebackenes daraus herzustellen. Viel Spaß beim Nachbacken und anschließendem Verzehren! Weiterlesen

The Fifth Season of Germany? Yes, There is One.

You may think you know about the seasons – there are four of them, right? But here in Germany it is five! Call it Karneval, Fasching or Fastnacht; yet it is upon us. It is officially carnival season. The starting date is 11th of 11th month 11:11 am on St Martin’s day and it has been that way since 19th century. However there are sources that say this has been happening since the year 354 influenced by some Pagan festivities. Yes, you didn’t read it wrong – 354! So what happens in this season and what is it about? Weiterlesen