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Fotoeins Friday: February Fosanacht, in costume

(26 February 2017.)

One is in costume, the other is in uniform. Deciding which is which is an exercise for the reader.

In 2021, Carnival season in southern Germany, known as Fasching / Fosanacht / Maschkera, will occur in February. Key dates include Weiberfastnacht/Unsinnige Donnerstag (crazy Thursday) on 11 February, Fastnachtssonntag (Carnival Sunday) on 14 February, Rosenmontag (Shrove Monday) on 15 February, and Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) on 17 February.

I made this photo on 26 February 2017 with the Canon EOS6D mark1, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

4 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: February Fosanacht, in costume”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. I learned a few things about Fasching and Maschkera between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald. Given also Karneval along the Rhein, it’ll be interesting to see how people celebrate, because all parades are (obviously) cancelled for health reasons. But I did learn how happy people were during this time, to chase away the winter’s “evil spirits” and to welcome in the spring. Thanks for your comment!


  1. pattimoed

    Interesting idea of chasing away the winter evil spirits and welcoming the heavenly spring! A return of joy, light, and warmth. I’m smiling about the woman in costume with her purse and work boots!!

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    • fotoeins

      The mix of pagan and Christian in an alpine pre-Easter setting is fascinating. Like you, I feel there’s something rejuvenating about trying to banish winter and to welcome spring. As for party wear, it may be a generality to say Germans are very practical, but they do like their fun 😊


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