i just looked back on the posts i have written for this very famous and fabulous celebration of Spring’s coming. i was very surprised to note that even though i have lived here for more than 10 years and have been blogging for the last 8 years, i have only written 2 little posts about it. (Read here and here) i guess it’s cos we don’t really take part in it.
This year, again, Fasnacht falls during school term so the kids get to wear their costumes to school on March 4th. Every year the date changes because Fasnacht follows the Church calendar even though it is not a Christian celebration. It usually happens during the few days before Ash Wednesday. It’s tradition lay in the idea of scaring away winter and welcoming Spring. It is also a time of feasting before the time of Lent fasting. There are other regions of Switzerland which celebrate it on a different week, such as Basel which just ended their Fasnacht celebrations yesterday. Zürich is another region which doesn’t have this Spring celebration till some time in April – they call it Sechseläuten. They also burn the Böögg which is said to predict how warm and long a summer we would have.
Tobias decided that this year he wanted to go to the big parade. We usually don’t go cos it’s so crowded (mummy doesn’t like) and loud (boy usually doesn’t like). We went and it was actually quite fun.
Here are some pictures (i had to pick just a few from the 161 i took):
Looking forward to next year’s Fasnacht!