Fascinating Faces of Fasnacht

The Inter-Mountain photos by Lori Smith The village of Helvetia celebrated Fasnacht Saturday, dressing up in various guises, including as a wine bottle, above, to burn Old Man Winter.
The Inter-Mountain photos by Lori Smith The village of Helvetia celebrated Fasnacht Saturday, dressing up in various guises to burn Old Man Winter, above right.
Some Fasnacht participants create and wear masks, such as those above, which are meant to scare off Old Man Winter and cold weather.
Some Fasnacht participants create and wear masks, such as those above, which are meant to scare off Old Man Winter and cold weather.
Fasnacht is the Swiss equivalent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnivale in Rio. It is a time of celebration before the beginning of Lent. In Switzerland, the annual celebration takes place on ‘Fat Tuesday,’ the day before Ash Wednesday. In Helvetia, however, community members traditionally host festivities on the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday.
Fasnacht is the Swiss equivalent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnivale in Rio. It is a time of celebration before the beginning of Lent. In Switzerland, the annual celebration takes place on ‘Fat Tuesday,’ the day before Ash Wednesday. In Helvetia, however, community members traditionally host festivities on the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday.
Fasnacht is the Swiss equivalent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnivale in Rio. It is a time of celebration before the beginning of Lent. In Switzerland, the annual celebration takes place on ‘Fat Tuesday,’ the day before Ash Wednesday. In Helvetia, however, community members traditionally host festivities on the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday.

The Inter-Mountain photos by Lori Smith

The village of Helvetia celebrated Fasnacht Saturday, dressing up in various guises, including as a wine bottle, above left, to burn Old Man Winter, above right.

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