Fasching: How Germans farewell winter
Last Sunday, Wiedergeburt German Association held Fasching Carnival at the Friendship House.
The purpose of the event was to introduce tradition and culture of the German ethnos, to strengthen interethnic accord.
The history of the festival dates back to the 15th century, the Germans celebrated the end of the harsh winter and prepared for Fasting. The word Fasching comes from the word "Fastnacht", which means "Fasting Eve".
The German cultural centre began preparations for the Carnival a few days in advance. Diamant youth club prepared dances, costumes and theatre performances. The Familienklub family club organized a cooking class in Berliners (buns with stuffing). Parents and their children baked various treats to the table.
Participants of "Spateblumen" vocal choral group were learning songs, and children of Sunday school and "Wunderkind" club made colorful masks under Tatiana Gusak’s direction.
The carnival began with a flashmob and Berlin polka. Children and adults danced, played games and snowballs. A small performance was organized, which left no one indifferent. A lot of songs were sung in German.
After presenters declared the carnival open, all the attendees went to a solemn carnival procession to drive away evil spirits. After the dances and games, the carnival participants enjoyed German cuisine inside the Friendship House.
Everyone liked the carnival, the unusual holiday helped to get acquainted with the German culture and have fun.