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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.

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