Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Fasching aka Pancake day the German way
Today Milo got to celebrate Fasching at his nursery. Fasching is yet another German tradition that I know very little about much like the 'Lanternenumzug' which I finally learnt about in 2011.
Milo has dressed up for Fasching at nursery before. Usually it has been a great opportunity to make use once more of his Halloween costume from the year before and I usually have to make some food for it but other then that, I have always been clueless. This year I decided it's about time I learn a little more information about it and good old Wikipedia has been a helping hand once more. Fasching officially begins on the 11th November and ends with 'Fasching Week' which begins the week before 'Ash Wednesday'.
It seems that Fasching means different things to different parts of Germany but generally it is a last chance to party and eat before lent begins. That's it really. It's a bit less impressive than I had imagined.
On the plus side, it's a great excuse to dress your children up and Milo went this morning as a bear. I've got to be honest that it was a bit of a half costume. I didn't manage to find some of the pieces I was hoping would go with it. I searched 3 shops yesterday for a brown top I could adapt but it seems brown isn't a popular colour for kids clothing! Especially Spring season clothing! Milo didn't seem to mind though and was very happy to be a bear this morning. I think he looked darn cute too!
Do you celebrate something like this where you live? Are you making pancakes today?
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