Fasching happens every year in Germany and it’s a pre-Lent celebration lasting over a month. The grand celebrations usually take place before Ash Wednesday (start of Lent) and includes numerous fancy-dress balls and parties, processions, parades and dancing, but whatever the celebration it most certainly includes dressing up.
In Munich there is the famous Dance of the Marketwomen at the Viktualienmarkt – unfortunately we didn’t manage to go to this as Bella was having her own Fasching Party at Kindergarten where she dressed up as Tinkerbell.
In the afternoon, we travelled to Mittenwald, a picturesque village at the foot of the Alps and were lucky to see their Fasching celebrations. Mittenwald is known for it’s beautiful painted buildings and also its history in making violins.
There were lots of people dressed up, an unusual band playing music including a man on stilts at a gigantic piano and a man in drag throwing ladies underwear at the man at the piano, characters with sweeties on fishing lines for children to catch and sausages barbecuing on an open fire – a carnival feast for the eyes.
I wondered if Bella would be very frightened by some of the ghoulish costumes but she sat on her daddy’s shoulders with jaws dropped in amazement, and she even braved trying to catch some sweeties with the other children.