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Old 04.01.2008, 15:42
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Re: It has begun! (Fasnacht)

So will yours do a cover of Devouring Depraved from Napalm Death for me? I might actually go to Fasnacht if you do

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This is what Gugge bands are for.

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Old 04.01.2008, 15:49
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So will yours do a cover of Devouring Depraved from Napalm Death for me? I might actually go to Fasnacht if you do
I can do Bouree by Jethro Tull on the piccolo...

But then again Apocalyptica manage to cover Metallica hits on 200 y.o. cellos so why not!

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Old 05.01.2008, 22:03
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Now they started for real, but this time it sounds awesome! There are benefits of having your balcony to the Hauptstrasse.
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Old 06.01.2008, 13:23
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Going to go and check some of it out. Thanks for the info, it does look like good fun and our girly should enjoy it.
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Old 06.01.2008, 13:27
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Fastnacht also called Karneval is a pre-Lenten celebration for the the German speaking parts of Switzerland, Austria, and southern Germany. France also has their version. Just as the name implies, Fastnacht is the celebration of the upcoming Lenten fasting. It is a long celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday, Aschermittwoch. To many Americans, we call this Mardi Gras. If you've actually been down to New Orleans for it, you know that it starts in January when we eat King Cake.

It starts on either Jan 7th the day after the Epiphany, Dreikönige, or Nov 11, Elfter im Elften. It just depends where you are. Celebrations vary in each region.

Have fun with all the celebrations. Don't just complain about them, join them!

Again, why am I going to live in Geneva when I know all this German stuff already???
well according to the Fasnacht Comitè :

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The origins of Basel's Fasnacht are rather obscure, partly because of the terrible earthquake of 1356 which destroyed large parts of the city and many official archives.
The earliest records date back to Ash Wednesday in 1376, when a jousting tournament on the Münsterplatz was the scene of a row between citizens of Basel and some knights. The argument escalated into a blood bath and the local citizens chased off the noblemen, killing four of them in the process. Retribution was harsh: 12 citizens were beheaded and Emperor Charles IV placed a ban on the city, which meant the city was no longer afforded the protection of the Holy Roman Empire. This fateful day went down in the annals of Basel's history as the “Böse Fasnacht” and is the oldest record of Fasnacht activities.
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Old 06.01.2008, 14:38
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Re: It has begun!

Also Düsseldorf & Köln in Nordrhein-Westphalia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival

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Fastnacht also called Karneval is a pre-Lenten celebration for the the German speaking parts of Switzerland, Austria, and southern Germany. France also has their version. Just as the name implies, Fastnacht is the celebration of the upcoming Lenten fasting. It is a long celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday, Aschermittwoch. To many Americans, we call this Mardi Gras. If you've actually been down to New Orleans for it, you know that it starts in January when we eat King Cake.

It starts on either Jan 7th the day after the Epiphany, Dreikönige, or Nov 11, Elfter im Elften. It just depends where you are. Celebrations vary in each region.

Have fun with all the celebrations. Don't just complain about them, join them!

Again, why am I going to live in Geneva when I know all this German stuff already???
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Old 07.01.2008, 16:34
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Also Düsseldorf & Köln in Nordrhein-Westphalia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival
During the event, every town is one big party doesn't quite do justice to Karnival in Limburg (South Netherlands). Everybody, and I do mean everybody gets dressed up to party.

Absolutely amazing and we had a house full of visitors from around Europe, including some English friends of mine, who when I asked how they were going to describe it back home, they had decided that they couldn't put it into words and would simply say that they had had a nice time.
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Does anyone know if Fastnacht happens in the Valais area? We are near to Zermatt/Visp/Brig all german speaking? Hopeful H
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Old 07.01.2008, 16:50
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Fasnacht begins on the 31st of Jan here in Luzern.

I might actually get some sort of costume this year, can anyone recommend a shop?
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Old 12.01.2008, 23:51
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Yay Fasnacht!!
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Old 13.01.2008, 00:07
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

I quite like fastnacht. It's a nice interruption to that lull you get after Christmas.

Then again, we only have a little fasnacht parade round here. Must be a nightmare if you've got it going on right outside your house.
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Old 13.01.2008, 00:10
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

i like Fasnacht its fun because you can dress up.
2 years ago my brother dressed up as a GIRL!
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Old 13.01.2008, 14:52
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Fasnacht begins on the 31st of Jan here in Luzern.

I might actually get some sort of costume this year, can anyone recommend a shop?
I was in the migros yesterday and they have lots of costumes also seen them in special toy stores for adults have fun at the fasnact.
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Old 13.01.2008, 23:28
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Then again, we only have a little fasnacht parade round here. Must be a nightmare if you've got it going on right outside your house.
We've been woken up 4 times now, I think. Not too bad, when you know you are moving out in 40 days. Otherwise it would be an eggraid!

EDIT: I wonder what would happen if I'd actually egg them? It might get a bit political, looking at the organisation behind all this...
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Old 14.01.2008, 11:01
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Hopeful H, of course Wallis celebrates Fasnacht. (otherwise why would the Hymne Valaisan describe the canton as a "pays si souvent arrosé"?)

My guggen just finished our last rehearsals this weekend; we're booked solid from here on up until lent (plus even a little during!).

You may also be interested in visiting the Lötschental to see the tschäggätä. I believe this year the tschäggättuloif is the 31st and the tschäggätaumzug the 2nd.
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Old 14.01.2008, 11:09
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We've been woken up 4 times now, I think. Not too bad, when you know you are moving out in 40 days. Otherwise it would be an eggraid!

EDIT: I wonder what would happen if I'd actually egg them? It might get a bit political, looking at the organisation behind all this...
I've seen a couple of random wandering Guggen bands round here already, I guess they're getting some practise in.

I see also from the local program that the festivities start at 5:00 am right outside my flat.
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Brig fasnacht begins this thursday....my band AK-band are playing thurs/fri/sat in "de la place" Brig .
We're English and play Doors/Peppers/Beatles/Hendrix/REM etc...(bass/guit/drums)8 chf 9-3
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Old 31.01.2008, 18:09
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

Lufthansa warns male passengers of carnival antics
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Old 01.02.2008, 14:22
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

It has indeed begun. The bar next door finally turned the music off at 5:30 this morning, Not a happy camper today.
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Old 01.02.2008, 14:34
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Re: It has begun! (Fastnacht)

I loved the Karneval in Düsseldorf when I lived there and traveled religiously each year after moving here, but haven't been in a few years. (Need to convince the wife it's more than a drinkfest )

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