Today is “Fues-Sondenn” (Carnival Sunday) in
and the festivities are in full swing. Fastnacht/Fasching/Carnival/Carnivale is
celebrated in many parts of the world the most famous being Rio de Janeiro,
Venice and the spectacular Mardi Gras event in New Orleans. Luxembourg
Customs vary from country to country, some of the best known Carnival traditions include floats, parades, masquerade balls, dancing and singing, boisterous games and the throwing of confetti.
As with many holidays, Carnival was adapted from pagan festivals. Some link it to the Saturnalian festival of ancient
others to 3500 year
old Greek spring fertility celebrations. It is safe to say that the original festival
was rooted in end-of-winter/beginning-of-spring rituals where grotesque masks, costumes
and lots of noise were used to scare away the evil spirits and winter doldrums.
For those of Christian Faith, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday in
final party of indulgence before Ash Wednesday, marks the end of the Carnival
Season and the beginning of the privations of Lent. England
Traditional carnival pastries in
abundant and delicious. “Verwurrelten Gedanken” (deep fried knotted pastry) and
“Nonnefäscht” (donut dusted
with powdery sugar) are our favorites. Luxembourg
We wish you “Schein Fuesdeeg” (Happy Carnival). Have fun, celebrate, be safe and don’t drink and drive.