Tag Archives: Fastnacht

A Unique Event

Today, the third Sunday before Easter is Weckensonntag in Sulzburg. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events have been cancelled.  Which is a real shame, since this festival only happens once a year and only one place in the world. Now we have to wait until next year. And I missed it in 2019 because […]

More Playing With Fire

A few more pictures from Saturday’s Scheibenfeuer in Sulzburg.

Playing With Fire

There were no demons in evidence, no people in animal costumes, no-one swearing allegiance to Satan on the hills above Sulzburg Saturday night. Which may explain why there were only about fifty people, mostly children, taking part in Scheibenfeuer. Google tells me that translates as “disc fire” – which really doesn’t explain anything. When I […]

Fastnacht 2020

The roads into Sulzburg are closed for the parade, but that doesn’t matter to me. I left early this morning, not wanting to be in town for Fastnacht. I’ll go back this evening when the fuss is over. I experienced Fastnacht during our first year here.  Given what I had heard about it, I felt […]

Christmas Passed

There were things I missed by being in Canada last month, especially the Christmas tree in Sulzburg’s town square. For me it is a highlight of the season. The tree is still there, but the lights have been removed. Soon it will be taken down and most of the branches stripped from it, Then it […]

More Visions of Fastnacht

I could hear the noise coming from the main street, which is only a block away, but I avoided it completely. Mind you, I broke some rules to do so. It was raining all Sunday morning, and the weather app on my phone said it would continue throughout the afternoon. That made a trip to […]

Visions of Fastnacht

Today is the annual Fastnacht parade in Sulzburg. I won’t be watching. Whether I am even in town will depend on the weather forecast. My thought had been to avoid the festivities completely and take the train to Freiburg after church. There’s nothing open in Freiburg on Sundays, but I can at least wander through […]

Fastnacht Begins

When you appropriate the symbols of evil, do you have power over them, or are you unwittingly giving them power over you? I was asking myself that as I watched a group of people in animal costumes and witches’ hats taking public transit in Freiburg. They were jumping the gun on Fastnacht, a pagan festival […]

It’s Back!

I was expecting it to return May 1, but didn’t see the Christmas tree return as a May Pole. Mind you, I wasn’t in Sulzburg on May Day either, so I could have missed it. Friday afternoon though the tree was back in the market square. I didn’t know why. Then, when I saw a […]

Weckensonntag IV

Today a photo essay, just some of the pictures I took last Sunday at sulzburg’s annual Weckensonntag event. I’ve been considering the differences between this very local festival and the much larger Fastnacht which is observed throughout the Black Forest.   Fastnacht is bigger and more colourful, but having seen it once I have no desire […]