Fasching (carnival/mardi gras) is also known as the "Fifth Season" and begins when the Blue Land hides behind masks and bids farewell to Father Frost. Even though this region is not one of the Carnival strongholds, the inhabitants do celebrate the occasion extensively: with traditional Bavarian events like Weiberkranzln, Gungln and Fasching costume balls. The parades of the Maschkera in their hand-carved wooden masks are also very impressive and amusing. This festival is used as an opportunity to make fun of politics and politicians in addition to showing off homemade arts and crafts and practicing traditions.
Sometimes an entire village will celebrate wildly: Seehausen, for example. There was a time when desert inhabitants populated the small village on the Staffelsee Lake, and then there was a time when Olympians trained their muscles here. When it comes to the Seehausen Burschenverein ("Chaps' Club") that organises the creative slogans and costumes, the imagination knows no bounds. Fasching is also an important event in the calendars of other towns in the Blue Land: A procession of decorated wagons full of Narren dressed in masks and costumes trundles through the villages of Uffing and Ohlstadt every two years. Schellenrührer, witches and bear drivers dance and run through the pedestrian zone of Murnau around noon on Fasching Sunday. A "Prince Guard" often provides entertainment at the numerous Fasching costume balls that take place.
You can also find information on the Fasching costume balls and processions during the Fasching season in our Calendar of Events (only available in German).