Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Faschnaut Day at Geno's School
Fashnaut was celebrated today at Geno's school. Fashnaut is similar to Mardi Gras or Carnival where Roman Catholics drink and eat whatever they like and dress up in disguise right before Ash Wednesday. After this, they are required to fast and give up the things they like to indulge in, so in essence, they are trying to get it out of their system before the season of Lent begins. At Geno's school, all of the children dressed up in costumes and had a parade. It is common during Fasnaut that each Canton will have their own Fashnaut celebration which includes confetti, many dressed up marching bands, and lots of food and drink. In our canton in Hunenberg, the parade will be on February 16th which will then be followed up with the burning of the pig. Not a real pig, but a fake pig which may symbolize temptation and gluttony during the Lenten season.