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Fasching in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

On Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the day before Shrove Tuesday, Karnevalsumzüge or carnival processions are held in many parts of South and East Germany. These events are part of Fasching or Fasnacht which originates from the German word Fastzeit or, in English, fasting time. Thus the procession or Umzug is an element in the preparation for Lent and Easter. The carnival season, having started on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, reaches a peak in the week before Ash Wednesday, the day which marks the beginning of Lent. This procession is one of the highlights of the final week, and in Freiburg im Breisgau it is filled with masked witches, jesters and other  demonic like figures based on tradition or the imagination of the various local guilds named Narrenzünfte. The costumes and masks are both intricate in their design and frightning in their effect. As the procession proceeds through town to the cry of "Narri-Narro" no spectator  is spared a close inspection or intense stare, if one or more of the masked characters so chooses.