Fasching is a Carnival celebration in German-speaking countries. It is usually held before Easter Lent but varies from country to country. Austrian Fasching begins on New Years Day. It includes a lot of traditional events and customs but the most important days are Faschingssamstag, Faschingssonntag, Rosenmontag, and Faschingsdienstag (also called Mardi Gras). There are parades and processions, costume parties and so on.
One of the funniest events is Saturday parade in the town of Villach with more than 150 colourful groups participating. During this time everyone enjoys “Faschingskrapfen," a doughnut with apricot jam filling. Fasching ends on Ash Wednesday.