Fasching - Fastnacht - Carneval

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I'm laughing. Everyone around me is wearing a mask. There are pirates on the median, rabbits on the sidewalk, wart-nosed witches next door; I fear I'm going insane.

But wait, my mind deceives me. "Carne Valiente!" Goodbye meat! The former is the basis from which the German celebration of Karneval, Fastnacht, Fasching is derived. A holiday upon which everybody simply enjoys themselves!

From Brown Boy in My Pocket

Today is Fasching here in Austria, Fastnacht in other places, and still others call it Carneval. Or Karnival. No matter. Festivals and parades have been taking place all over Europe for the past four days. It's a jester's fest, the people are out en masse making fun of politics, getting drunk, throwing candy and snowballs, putting on costumes... The flavor of the event varies depending on where you are, from the elegance of Venice to the boisterousness of Berlin. .

Here are links to several Karneval posts:

Living Creative: Karneval in Germany
Neena's Story: Karnival Ta Malta
American in Berlin: Carnival!
Rheingau Daily Photo Blog: Carnival or "Fastnacht"
MegMeg22: Fasching in Tuebingen

And, of course, there's Venice.

In our neighborhood we get the Flinserln (in German) - I'm hoping to go see them this afternoon.

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