Celebrate Mardi Gras german-style at Fasching in Munich
While the Americans are getting ready to stuff their faces and celebrate in high style at Mardis Gras, Germans are also getting ready for the Lenten fasting season, which they call “Fasching,” or “the fifth season.” The word “Fasching” dates back to the 13th century. In modern German, “fastenschank” is the last serving of alcohol before Lent. From Jan. 7 until Shrove Tuesday on March 5, Germans have “crazy season.” During this time, you can expect to find an excess of music, costumes and dancing.
The Munich Carnival is the perfect place to experience Fasching first hand. There will also be an outdoor celebration at the Marienplatz. Look for events like parades and masked balls to attend! The German Theater has a total of 17 balls scheduled for this season.
On Shrove Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Munich’s city center, Viktualienmarkt, you can experience the “dance of the good women of the market.” During this time, women dressed in costumes dance and sing together. This traditional performance has been observed for over 100 years. The flamboyant costumes worn by the dancers are to represent what each dancer sells at her vending station. Don’t be surprised to see cow print dresses or strawberry accents twirling around on stage!
Following the celebrations of Shrove Tuesday comes Ash Wednesday. The Germans enjoy carnivals before Ash Wednesday as a way to let loose before Lent begins, bringing fasting, prayer, sacrifice and good deeds with it. What a great way to prepare for Easter! Head to Munich to enjoy food and fun for everyone during their carnival season.