Fasching / Karneval

The Maschkera… The Story Behind the German Fasching Masks

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  The Rhineland may be known for it’s Karneval / Fasching parades and celebrations, but go further south, to Alpine area of Baden Wurtemburg, and you will find a different sort of Fasching Reveler. The Maschkera hide behind heavy carved wooden German Fasching Masks and parade through towns making noise to frighten away the demons […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

What is Weiberfastnacht?

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Karneval or Fasching Season is loaded with parties, parades and fun events. But one special event sticks out… especially for Women! Weiberfastnacht. What is Weiberfastnacht? It’s the start of street Karneval Celebrations! The day when Karneval kicks into high gear! and… it’s a special day for Women to take over! Let me tell you more…. […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

History and Tradition of Karneval Orden

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At Karneval time, you will see a lot of people wearing military-like medals around their neck called Orden. These colorful medals have a story that date back to the 1800s, and are LOADED with symbolism. These special awards were originally designed to mock the establishment. Today, they are considered a prestigious honor, which reflects status […]

The Maschkera… The Story Behind the German Fasching Masks

What is Fasching? Is it the Same as Karneval? How is it Celebrated in Germany?

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  What is Fasching? And is it the same thing as Karneval? Karneval Fasching Fastnacht and  all refer to the pre-Lent season, also referred to as the Fifth Season,  in German speaking countries.  Think of this time as the German version of Mardi Gras! The celebrations date back hundreds of years, rooted in both Catholic and […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2017-2018

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Do you want to celebrate Karneval Fasching like a German? Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration […]

What is a Stutenkerl? Is it the same as a Weckmann?

German Krapfen Recipe…. Fried Dough Treats!

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One of my father’s favorite food memories is his Mother’s German Krapfen Recipe that she would make every year on New Year’s Eve and on Fastnachtdienstag (Shrove or Fat Tuesday). These are Rheinische  Öl Krapfen, which means they are a fried yeast dough filled with raisins… sort of like a donut, but not (so don’t make these […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!