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Fasching Bad Cannstatt
February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fasching will be celebrated Feb. 28 – March 5, with fests, parades, music and many “foolish” events. For most Germans, it’s a time when citizens let off steam and live it up during the week before Ash Wednesday, when the 40-day Lent before Easter begins.
The main events and parades peak during the traditional Fasching week, starting on Schmotziger Donnerstag (Greasy Thursday) or Weiberfasching (women’s carnival).
On Weiberfasching, women have the right to freely cut off men’s ties with scissors and kiss any man they wish to during the day. It’s also an opportunity for women to enjoy a girl’s night out and symbolically take control for a day.
This year’s Greasy Thursday/ Women’s Fasching will be celebrated Feb. 28.
Bad Cannstatt’s Kübelesmarkt Fasching guild will set up the Narrenbaum (fool’s pole) at 6:30 p.m. downtown at the Marktplatz, followed by a parade starting at 7 p.m.
Neuhausen celebrates Greasy Thursday with the Hexentanz (witch’s dance), Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Schlossplatz. During the event, Neuhausen’s Fasching fools storm the town hall and force the mayor to hand over the keys to the city. In order to celebrate this symbolic event, a huge fire is lit.
During the various Fasching parades in Southern Germany, Narren (Fasching fools) with wooden masks in the images of witches, devils and grotesque animals can be seen in many towns. In Swabia and Southern Germany, the costumes are called Häs. Be on the lookout for Narren, who either ruffle your hair, paint your face, take away a hair band or give you a piece of candy.