February 24, 2004

Happy Fastnacht Day!!

doughnut.jpg Happy Fastnacht day!! In case you don't know, fastnacht day, also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, is a day where you eat yummy fattening donuts before giving up such food for lent.

In many parts of the world the period before Lent is a time for partying before a period of fasting and self-reflection.  The Germans celebrate Fasching, Fasnacht or Karneval and the French have Mardi Gras.  The translation of "Fastnacht" is "Eve of the Fast."  The Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish celebrate only a single day--Fastnacht Day.  The main tradition is the eating of fastnachts, which are unleavened, deep-fried doughnuts, usually made with a potatoe batter and is a way of using up the lard and before lent.

I know that this is really a regional thing, even on the state level. Eastern Pennsylvania is full of people of Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch background.

When I lived out near Pittsburgh I decided to go buy some Fastnachts on Fastnacht day, only to be looked at as if I had two heads. Apparently those soft coal stompers out there don't know what a Fastnacht is.

Anyways. Even if you can't find real Fastnacht, go out and buy a donut and eat it, and know that eating donuts on the day before Ash Wednesday is a Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish tradition, and a tasty way to bring in the Lenten season.

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Posted by psugrad98 at February 24, 2004 08:30 AM

Hang on, it's already Wednesday where I am! Why are you telling me this now?!

Right, I'm going to get up in the morning, and I'm going straight to the doughnut shop (well, after I shower and dress), and I'm going to get a pineapple doughnut and a jam doughnut and... um, another jam doughnut!

So there!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 24, 2004 08:42 AM

Well it's only 9 am here, so you can eat a fastnacht, pretending you are a resident of Central Pennsylvania and you can eat your Fastnacht guilt free

Posted by: Tom at February 24, 2004 08:49 AM

I had three entirely guilt-free doughnuts! Thanks Tom!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 25, 2004 09:14 AM

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