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Old 02-10-2011, 05:20 PM
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Our church Good Shepherd Lutheran in down town Wilkes-Barre, celebrates a festival called "Fass Nacht", which is German for "Feast Night." It is a celebration that takes place the night before Lent begins. There is much merry making, skits, a talent show, rich and sweet foods including a doughnut, that is also called a Fass Nacht. Only this desert as well as the holiday is pronounced Fast Not
Which is confusing. (is it a doughnut? Is it a Celebration? Fass Nact is BOTH!)

The whole thing is kind of like a Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Sort of a Nordic Mardi Grass. It is not only celebrated in Germany, but in other Northern countries.

Is anyone familiar with the custom? It has never been celebrated in any church that I have attended
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:58 PM
 
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This is the time of the year, I love my PA Dutch roots. The fasnacht is a delicious PA Dutch treat.
For more info....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasnacht_(pastry)

I am actually surprised it is celebrated up here. This isn't an area that has many PA Dutch.

In the Lehigh Valley, Kutztown, Reading and Lancaster areas, everybody bakes fasnachts, from fire houses, churches, to chain grocery stores and everybody has a favorite place to buy them.

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Old 02-10-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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my mother used tp make them! yum!
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:29 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Thanks for the Link LVN. So i guess I have a lot to look forward to! I am on the decorating committee for a holiday that I never heard of before.
My Pastor is from Seattle WA and she has never heard of it either, but the locals say we have "Always done this."
So I'm not asking questions on this one!
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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We lived in Mainz Germany and it was was crazy!!!!!!!! Your description of fasching being similar to Mardi Gras was spot on, except tee shirt lifting and children are a central part of ALL day time activites! Enjoy enjoy Prost!
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