Fasnacht Approaches

The Swiss party hard as winter turns towards spring. The celebration, called Fasnacht, takes place in Basel.

Next Monday, at 4 am, some 18,000 Swiss will don expensive and elaborate masks and costumes and parade, drum, fife, throw oranges and gallivant around town for a week. It looks to me like a recipe for rape and pillaging Spring Break style, but our Swiss contacts assure us it is not a drunken bacchanal. I don’t believe them. Stay tuned for the excitement.

Scary masks for sale allow the Swiss to let their hair down during Fasnacht. These very basic masks cost CHF 250.

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