Faschingsdienstag or Shrove Tuesday

Last Tuesday is the so-called Faschingsdienstag or Shrove Tuesday. It is the last day wherein, the people especially in Germany celebrate the carnival or carnaval time. It usually ends on Tuesday midnight. During Faschingsdienstag, people make fun of politicians or any funny stories of somebody or something. I usually watch it every night on TV especially the Fasching or carnival in Cologne, Mainz, Duesseldorf, Franken and more places here. Since I already understand most basic German language, I can say that watching Fasching in television here in Germany is truly fun and entertaining. I love especially their colorful and beautifully designed customs..here are some infos about Faschingsdienstag or Shrove Tuesday..I should have shared this last Tuesday but sorry guys, I am just too busy.

Faschingsdienstag or Shrove Tuesday is a term used in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia for the day preceding the first day of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent.

Faschingszug or carnival parade in Velburg, Germany

The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving that English Christians were expected to do prior to receiving absolution immediately before Lent begins. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of “shrovetide”, somewhat analogous to the Carnival tradition that developed separately in countries of Latin Europe. The term “Shrove Tuesday” is no longer widely known in the United States outside of Liturgical Traditions, such as the Lutheran, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic Churches. Because of the increase in many immigrant populations and traditions since the 19th century “Mardi Gras” is much more widely-used.

The festival is widely associated with the eating of foods such as pancakes, and often known simply as Pancake Day, originally because these used up ingredients such as fat and eggs, the consumption of which was traditionally restricted during Lent. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday

Der Faschingsdienstag (in Köln Karnevalsdienstag, weit verbreitet auch Veilchendienstag) ist die Bezeichnung für den letzten der närrischen Tage, den Tag zwischen Rosenmontag und Aschermittwoch (Dienstag nach Estomihi). Als letzter Tag vor dem Beginn der Fastenzeit kommt ihm in vielen Regionen eine besondere Bedeutung zu. In einigen Regionen, in denen Karneval gefeiert wird, stellt er den Höhepunkt der Feiertage dar. International ist dieser Tag auch als Mardi Gras oder Shrove Tuesday bekannt. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faschingsdienstag

 
 

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