The name Fasching is usually used in Austria and Bavaria, whereas almost everywhere else it is referred to as Carnival.
Both terms name the time before the Christian Lenten period. Prior to Ash Wednesday and the preparations for Easter this is the time for one last long party.
Originally the beginning of the Carnival season was on January 6th, but since the 19th century the official start has been set on November 11th 11:11am. However, the highlight of the Carnival is the week prior to Rose Monday and Fat Tuesday, directly before the start of Lenten period on Ash Wednesday. The date of Fat Tuesday varies, as it is related to that of Easter – which means that the lengths of the Carnival season is not fixed and the earliest possible Ash Wednesday is on February 4th whereas the latest is on March 10th.
Fasching/Carnival is celebrated in almost every country with regional variations. In all cases parades, masks, costumes, music and dancing are main parts of the tradition. The most popular festivals are the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the Carnival in Venice and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
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