I lived in Germany for a total of eight years. Germans begin a period of partying known as “Fasching” at the eleventh minute. of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. It is a spin-off of Armistice Day. The end of WWI in Germany was a huge event, of course.
What is Fasching?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s been celebrated for centuries and is known world wide. However, many people still do not understand what Fasching is in Germany.
Fasching is Germany’s carnival season. It starts on the 11th day of November at exactly 11minutes after 11am and ends at the stroke of midnight on Shroud Tuesday – often referred to as Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). Fasching is more or less a Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox celebration and most Protestant and non-Christian areas do not celebrate it.
Fasching (also known as Karneval) is a time of festivity and merry making – a time to break the rules, poke fun at those who make them and then to make your own new rules.