A special type of jesters’ meetings, however, has been by far the most popular type of meetings for centuries.
These are meetings of several thousands of jesters, and they are taking place almost every weekend in the weeks after Epiphany.
This article is about Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht or Fasnacht.
For Fasching, see Carnival in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. For the doughnut traditionally made on Shrove Tuesday, see Fasnacht (pastry).
In the beginning of the 20th century it was a common assumption that the tradition has its root in the pre Christian rituals.