|İmsl2000 - 2010|
Carneval and Lent
As well Jews as Muslims have a fasting time as an imposed part of their religion. Amongst the Christians it's more like a self imposed dicipline.
The time of Lent is 40 days ahead of Easter. (Sundays not included). The Catholic church demands everyone to join. Amongst others meat and eggs are not allowed. The Lutheran church isn't quite as strict -but anyway it's a time for modesty and reflections. Earlier on either baptism or weddings were performed during this period.
The last days ahead of Lent had spesific names ;
"Fastelavn" origin from the German word "Fastelabend" - the night before the time of fast. This night was an orgie in fat food, drinking and partying until the strict rules of Lent appeared on Wednesday.
"Blue Monday" - is named after the dark blue cloth that covered the Alter - to symbolise that the priests had startet their periode of fast.
"Fat Tuesday" - was the last day for the people to eat as much as they could manage (or even a bit more..). Todays special "Fast-muffins" are maybe the only item left of the historical "fattening stuff" meals.
"Ash Wendesday" - is the first day of Lent. For several hundred years it was quite common to rub the hair with ash on this day. During Medieval time people went to church to get a cross of ash drawn on their forehead - showing that Lent had startet. In 1639 king Christian IV of Denmark and Norway pledged that it should be preached of the Saviors sufferings every Wednesday during Lent. And it's still the theme for church seremonies during this periode of the year.