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Fasching

[fah-shing] /ˈfɑ ʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a carnival celebration that precedes Lent in German-speaking countries and communities; Shrovetide.
Origin
Austrian dialect
1910-1915
1910-15; < German, orig. Bavarian and Austrian dialect; Middle High German vaschanc, vastschang, perhaps equivalent to vast- Lent (German Fasten; see fast2) + schanc distribution or pouring of drinks, referring to the dispensing of liquor prohibited during Lent
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