|Buchen Carnival (Faschenacht)|
The famous “Buchener Faschenacht”, with a tradition reaching back over 500 years, has turned Buchen into the carnival centre of the Baden part of Franconia.
The carnival association “FG Narrhalla” was founded in 1879 by the amalgamation of individual carnival societies. Hundreds of “Huddelbätzen”, the famous Buchen carnival figure, entertain the crowd with their singing and dancing. They are present at the traditional Buchen “Gänsemarsch” on Carnival Sunday and the big procession on Shrove Monday.
The different Buchen neighbourhoods also cultivate their carnival traditions. During the carnival week, not only the “Narrhalla”, but also the “Hettemer Fregger”, the “Heeschter Berkediebe”, the “Getzemer Narre”, the “Götzianer Heddebör”, the “Hauschemer Klingemänner” and the “Beddemer Hannmertli” all know how to party!
THE CARNIVAL DAYS IN BUCHEN (ODENWALD)
The ‘Ausscheller’ and his companions initiate the Buchen Carnival on ‘Dirty Thursday’. In the evening the “Free-night” begins all over town with the performance of a carnival play in front of the old town hall. During all the carnival days this clownish behaviour dominates life indoor as well as outside.
Every year the traditional “Gänsmarsch” takes place on the Sunday at 2.11 pm in Buchen. Amongst the participants are the traditional Buchen carnival figures such as the “Erbsenstrohbär”, “Härle” and “Fräle”, the “Wagenradsänger” (‘cartwheel singers’) and various noisy bands. The “Gänsmarsch” is some kind of carnival trial in the form of a procession. Different disguised groups gather in unorganised formation to criticise and lampoon local events of the past year. A big host of “Huddelbätze” leads the procession. One distinctive group are the “Müller “ (miller) who already start their own procession one hour before the “Gänsmarsch” begins. The day ends at midnight with the “Narrengericht” (the fool’s trial).
Thousands of people come to the “Blecker” town Buchen on Shrove Monday to participate in the Shrove Monday procession.
The last carnival day begins with a traditional “Frühschoppen” (morning pint), followed by the children’s procession and the “kids’ afternoon”.
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Guildhall of the FG Narhalla Buchen
Narrenringstube des Narrenrings Main-Neckar
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