A Fasnacht is a fatty doughnut served traditionally on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent starts. Fasnachts were made as a way to empty the pantry of lard, sugar, fat, and butter, which were traditionally abstained from during Lent. The term is synonymous with the Carnival season, Fasnacht, in southern Germany, Switzerland, Alsace and Austria. The German word “Fastnacht” translates as Carnival in English. Sweet treats and carnivals….don’t we wish everyday could be Fasnacht day!
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