The word Fasching dates back to the 13th Century and some say is derived from the Germanic word vaschanc or vaschang. In modern German this means “Fastenschrank” or the last serving of alcoholic beverages before Lent.
In 2018, unfortunately for those of us who celebrate Valentine’s day (February 14) with a nice dinner & dessert, will be the first day of Lent and it will end on Thursday, March 29th.
Karneval is a newer, more recent Latin-based word borrowed from French & Italian. The parade still includes parades, masks and masquerade balls.
Finally, Fastnacht, refers to the carnival found in Baden Württemberg, Franconia and is based on an old German word “fasan”, which means to be foolish, silly and wild. Which one do you celebrate?