Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Fastnacht Day

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent, is known as "Fastnacht Day." The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating yeast raised potato doughnuts, which are lovingly known as a "Fastnachts."

The name "Fastnacht" is German for "Fast Night." Fastnacht Day is a day to forget about dieting and a slim waistline and feast on doughnuts! It's a custom that had its beginnings with the Plain People. Making Fastnachts helped to use up the fat and sugar they had on hand before the Lenten fast began.

My mom always added , the last one up is the fool for the day..

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Bunk Strutts said...

"Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004."

Dang. I'm not Catholic, but that seems like it's been going on for quite a while. Will it ever end?

AmyOops said...

hey Bunk its amish.. and you are to give one thing up till easter.. fun fun

Bunk Strutts said...

Sure, but FOR SIX YEARS?

Buy me a cold one..