"Crazy Days" characterize German Fasching

Gael Stirler shares research on medieval holiday season of Fasching, celebrated for more than three months from mid-November until Easter in southern Germany. Also known as the Tolle Tagge (Crazy Days), Fasching can trace its roots back to the 4th century.

The festival begins "at 11 minutes after the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month," St. Martin's Day, and is associated with excesses of eating, drinking and merriment.