Monday, February 04, 2008

Don't forget your doughnuts tomorrow: it's Fasnacht Day!


Penn Dutch Folklore: Easter: "'Fasnacht Day,' more properly called 'Fastnacht,' is
Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This was the established beginning
of the 40 days of fasting during Lent. It is a folk tradition dating to the
Middle Ages, a Catholic custom that has survived in Protestant Pennsylvania."

See also: Wikipedia: Fasnacht is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday, or the last Tuesday before Lent at 4:00am.

Fasnachts is also the name of pre-Lenten treats (common with German immigrants), which are unleavened doughnuts.

A few years ago, I used to wait outside a local bakery on Fat Tuesday to pick up Fasnachts for the office. The shop doesnt open that early any longer, in spite of the long lines of folks waiting for the treats in the pre-dawn hours.

Oh well, there's always Dunkin' Donuts at least.

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