Fun with Fasching

Howdy, folks! Jen, here. It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed anything to the ole blog, so I thought I’d share about our Fasching fun we had this week. 🙂

I really do love seeing and experiencing how each culture in which we’ve lived celebrates special days – and which days are most special for each culture!

Here in Austria, one of the most anticipated holidays of the year – particularly for kids – is Fasching. In other parts of the world it’s called Carnival or Mardi Gras. The kids all dress up in fun costumes (unlike Halloween costumes which are usually darker and scarier, Fasching costumes are fun, light hearted and creative), and the food of the day is Krapfen (pronounced CRAP-fnn) (yes,we chuckle, too). Krapfen are soft, doughy donuts traditionally filled with apricot marmalade, but you can also find other fillings such as strawberry, vanilla, and my personal favorite, nougat (think Nutella).

Traditonal Marillen (apricot) Krapfen

Traditonal Marillen (apricot) Krapfen

Our kids have been scheming since last Fasching over what they wanted their costumes to be. Cailyn decided she wanted to be a pop star, and picked out all the sparkliest clothes we had in the dress up hamper, and we made a microphone out of a paper towel tube. She was adorable.

Our Pop Star, Captain America and the Queen Bee ready to head out for a day of fun.

Our Pop Star, Captain America and the Queen Bee ready to head out for a day of fun.

Hannah decided she didn’t want a homemade costume this year, but wanted a “real” one. So we arranged a deal in which she contributed some of her allowance money to put together an absolutely adorable Queen Bee costume. Side note: she really needs to stop growing up.

Someone please stop time...

Someone please stop time…

Isaac continued in his tradition of being Captain America. He loves this costume, it fits, and he loves being the hero so it really was an easy decision. It was funny to see people’s reaction to him, because a lot of people didn’t recognize the costume and thought he was Flash Gordon or someone else. When we told them who he was they would laugh and respond, “Oh, of course!”

Cailyn putting her mic to good use on the Straßenbahn ride to school by interviewing her siblings on their favorite animals.

Cailyn putting her mic to good use on the Straßenbahn ride to school by interviewing her siblings on their favorite animals.

It really was a fun day, with a fun party at school, and the kids all came home happy and exhausted. And I loved that they got their obligatory Krapfen at school, and that was it. No candy to wade through for the next three months. Just a yummy treat to mark the celebration and then it’s on to Easter preparations. 🙂

Do they celebrate some form of Fasching where you live? What are the traditions?

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