Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fasnacht 2010

Today was the annual Fasnacht parade in my village in Hunenberg. I am privileged to have the parade running right outside my apartment which makes it very convenient and easy to get a good seat. Coretta, Geno, and I got there around 2 pm to make sure we would have a good view. When the parade started, it was marching band madness where costumes individuals belted out tunes such as Fame, show tunes from Grease, and Tina Turner classics. Many of the floats threw out candy to the bystanders and also filled you up a cup of coffee or soup while you watched. Many of the masks date back to legends within the village themselves. Geno absolutely loved the music, the candy, and the costumes. By the time we got home, we were all filled with confetti from head to toe. This is the only time that littering is allowed by the Swiss and magically it will be all cleaned up by tomorrow. Later that night, they light a ceremonious pig on fire and watch it burn while the marching bands play in awe of the fire. Eat and drink up, because once Ash Wednesday is upon us, we must fast and give up things we enjoy to eat and drink. Long live Fasnacht!

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