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Faschingsdienstag

In Austria, Shrove Tuesday is called Faschingsdienstag, which means "carnival Tuesday". In Austria the lead-up to lent is celebrated with carnival (no pancakes for me :( ). There are lots of parties and street entertainment. On Tuesday there was a parade through the centre of the town that I'm staying in (I'm not in Vienna itself, but just outside), down the main street (which I live on) and up to the Market Place. Not only were the people in the parade dressed up, but many of the spectators as well. People went all out with full on costumes, wigs and face paint, and it wasn't just the kids, in fact, most of the people who were dressed up were adults. I can't see old men and womendressing up and going out on the street in England!

Some town official and The Simpsons // Some crazy dancing and singing women // Austrian skiing champions // (Very slow) marching girls

The best bit was that everyone was getting really into it. There was free alcohol being handed out for the spectators, and the people in the parade were all drinking beer and wine and even doing shots(!) as they were walking along.

My landlord very kindly bought me this cute little Fasching cake. It looks like there's confetti on the top. Confetti seems to play a large part in carnival.


This is what I wore:

H&M jumper, Topshop shorts

Weird pose, but I looked a bit square in the first picture!


It was NOT tights weather on Tuesday, I was frozen. It's so beautifully sunny though it's deceptive. I want spring to hurry up and get here so I can actually wear most of the clothes I've brought with me!

Has anyone given up anything for Lent? I'm not religious but I went to a Church of England primary school, so it's become a habit/tradition for me. I've given up alcohol for the past couple of years, but seeing as I barely drink anymore I'm not doing that this year. I'm going to try and not bite my nails instead. I've never managed to properly stop, but I'm 20 now, so it's time to rid myself of the bad habit once and for all!

7 comments

  1. This looks so jolly, I can't imagine it happening in Britain though-we're far too reserved. Shame.
    I've never done Lent, having been raised as a Protestant, but I had a friend who would give up chocolate every single year and always had a mega hard time with it! I hope your nail biting ban goes well, good luck!

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  2. that's one of the strangest holidays i've seen, but so amazing at the same time. good look on the nail biting, i have a hard time with it as well!

    x

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  3. Love your post on this holiday. Looks really different but I love discovering traditions from different cultures. Also, how adorable is your landlord? So lovely of him giving you that little cake thing.

    You look gorgeous in that outfit too. Loving that red jumper and yay for converse! I practically live in mine!

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  4. It's interesting to see how other countries celebrate, I'm pretty sure when my Dutch cousins were over here one pancake day they were utterly bemused!

    Your not helping my converse lusting!

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  5. the carnival looks like so much fun and I love your bright outfit! so sweet of your landlord to give you a cake too


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  6. Looks like so much fun! Love the people dressed as the Simpsons!!
    And the red top looks really cool on you. Also love the hairstyle.

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