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steve19438    Posted 02-24-2004 at 06:01:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
is "fasnacht" day here in PA!

Dennis    Posted 02-24-2004 at 13:52:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you say "here" What part of PA are you talking? I was born in Bethlehem and lived in Hellertown Pa on a farm there.

Alias    Posted 02-24-2004 at 08:57:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, I'm not familiar with that word. Is is german or is it a nuther way of describing fasting? I heard on tv that in New Orleans, this is the last day before "Lent" start. Of course, I'm not big on religion. It interfers with my belief in God........gfp

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2004 at 09:37:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Fasnacht' literally translates to 'chamfering night'...

Usually used for Fat Tuesday as it is the last day before lent and you 'take the edge off' for the coming Lenten deprivations...

steve19438    Posted 02-24-2004 at 09:40:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
would that be a german translation or PA dutch? they are not necessarily the same.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2004 at 10:12:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can not find any reference to 'Fasnacht' in 'Dutch' whatsoever...

The word 'Nacht' however means 'night' in both langauges and 'fas' in German is 'to chamfer' or 'round the edges of'...

'Fas' has no translation in 'Dutch'...

You do realize that 'Pennsylvaina Dutch' people are 'German', right?

steve19438    Posted 02-24-2004 at 10:21:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
uh, i think so since i am one. (somewhat removed)
as for german or dutch it depends on who you talk to. my ancesters came from switzerland, we always considered ourselves PA dutch as do most of the people around here.(at least the older families do) now the local historical society likes to refer to these same PA dutch as PA german. (sounds more high falutin)

steve19438    Posted 02-24-2004 at 09:04:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"shrove tuesday", last day before lent. fastnach i think is a PA dutch word for a donut style pastery made on this day to use up all the lard and fat before lent. these "donuts" are squarish in shape with no hole.

Dave Smith    Posted 02-24-2004 at 09:34:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Mom used to make fastnach kiekels. (what does that translate to?) She had a hard time making them as fast as we could eat them.
She used to make donuts also. They were nothing like you buy nowadays. They were heavy and two would fill you up. We called them sinkers. But they sure were good.
Dave <*)))><

steve19438    Posted 02-24-2004 at 09:38:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
don't know what a keikel is. (will have to ask some of the "oldtimers" who still talk dutch around here, not many are left) but i agree the old time fasnachts were heavy as a rock.

well    Posted 02-24-2004 at 06:10:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
have a happy "fasnacht" day there Steve. And a good Fat Tuesday to everyone also, enjoy it, kick it up a notch, let yer hair down, take part in the revelery, LET IT ALL HANG OUT, get dowwwn, or...just sit back and enjoy..spring's a coming.

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