Fasnacht

As the long winter of Switzerland draws to a close, Swiss residents and international visitors alike, look forward to celebrating an impending spring with Fasnacht, the traditional, 3-day northern Swiss carnival in Basel-Landshaft. The Chienbäse Festival, or fire parade, in Liestal, kicks off the carnival on the Sunday evening before Morgenstraich in Basel-Stadt. Although tied to the Roman Catholic calendar, Fasnacht is not a religious celebration and had its earliest roots during the Reformation as displays of resistance against the city’s restrictions on feasting and merrymaking. Since then, the hand-made lanterns and costumes created by the cliques have become increasingly satirical in nature, with politically based themes of local and international topics taking center stage. Everywhere you look in Basel during this 72-hour festival is a rich experience of color, music, tradition, confetti and fun!