FASNACHT IN ZUG
For many in Zug, carnival, known here as “Fasnacht”, is the best time of year. It starts on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, known as “Schmudo” or “Dirty Thursday” in Zug. The noisy custom of Chesslete at 5 a.m. kicks off the festivities. With “Guggenmusik” and lots of revellers, the city and region are transformed into a vibrant, vivacious sea of colour. The revelry of the carnival fools lasts until Shrove Tuesday. According to tradition, it is supposed to drive away the winter or the devil. Long, long ago, Germanic tribes would drive evil winter spirits away by donning horrible masks and making loud drumming and rattling noises. Later, Christians adopted and adapted this pagan custom, driving away the devil before Lent by making a hellish noise. Though there have been many changes over the centuries, what has remained the same is the joy and the exuberance that brings people from all backgrounds together to celebrate Fasnacht. Come and celebrate Fasnacht with us in Zug.
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CARNIVAL BALLS AND PARADES
Bring a splash of colour to the foggy winter months. In many places, the carnival festivities are already getting started even before “Schmudo” (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday) At the carnival balls, the revellers leave the daily grind behind and start getting in the mood for the upcoming Fasnacht. The balls are organised by the numerous guilds and Guggenmusik players. They also provide varied carnival entertainment and colourful parades during carnival week.
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