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"Narrenzünfte - Jester Guilds" Land Baden-Württemberg Favorite Tip by Kathrin_E

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by Kathrin_E

Favorite thing: The jesters are organized in guilds (Narrenzünfte) which determine the Häs and the activities. Small villages often have only one guild, thus only one Fastnacht costume everyone wears. In larger villages and towns there may be more guilds - Freiburg, for example, has 35. The oldest guilds, like Villingen, date back to the 16th century.

How many guilds are there in Baden-Württemberg? No one knows, because new ones are founded every year. In 2001 their total number was estimated at 1,200. Eight years later, there may be several dozens more. New guilds are founded and new Fastnacht figures are invented all the time. Certain artists make their living with the creation of new Häs figures. Other people just use their own imagination. Fastnacht is booming.

The jester guilds are active all year round, not only on Fastnacht. They hold meetings, offer activities for kids and youths, organize hikes and trips just like any other club (without the Häs, of course) and play an important role in the social life of the villages.

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  • Written Jan 11, 2009
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