You might be thinking…what is a Fasnacht? That was me, a little over a year ago.
Now that I’ve entered my second Fasnacht season I feel like a pro! I’m now the one telling people new to the area all about them. I’m feeling like a, dare I say, local?!?!?
So what is a Fasnacht, Faschnacht, Fosnot, Fosnaught, or Fausnaught? Well it might just be one of the yummiest, once a year treats around the Lancaster County area!
Upon quick glance it’s a donut. But not just any donut…a special one, a fasnacht. It’s denser and creamier tasting – often due to the mashed potatoes that are added. It only comes around the beginning of lent. The official day is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday – or Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnivale.
Being this is a Pennsylvania Dutch area the tradition lives! It’s a time to use up the oil, butter, lard, and sugar in the home to prepare for a Lenten season. Many of the churches and local grocery stores in the area sell them. Some only today, Fasnacht day!
Want to learn more? This Nearpod lesson I made for my students and faculty gives a fun overview.