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Karneval – Fasching – Fastnacht

Karneval, also known as Fasching or Fastnacht (even Fasnet, Fasnacht or Fasenacht), officially begins on 11th November at 11:11, but it only really gets going after Ephiphany.

However the really mad days only start on the Thursday before Rosenmontag, when the main events such as the processions take place.

This Thursday is also known as the Weiberfastnacht – on this day the women celebrate. (A word of warning to all men: don’t wear a tie to work on this day!)

The season is the last chance to drink and be merry before the start of Lent, and it is also to drive out the darkness of the winter.

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    Wie erklÀre ich einem AuslÀnder: Karneval, Fastnacht oder Fasching?

    Im Podcast wird auf einfacher Weise erklĂ€rt, was die fĂŒnfte Jahreszeit ist, wie man sie feiert, und auch ein Bißchen Hintergrund zur Tradition und zum Begriff.

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