The Fasnacht Series: An Introduction

“Die drei scheenschte Dääg”or “the three most wonderful days” (of the year).

That’s how locals describe Fasnacht, the Swiss version of carnival – and one of the most important events of the year in Basel.

For three days beginning Monday after Ash Wednesday, normal life is suspended and the city is filled with weird and colourful costumes, loud music fills the air, and the streets are laden with confetti. More than 12,000 Baslers of all ages participate, and even more line the streets to watch.

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