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Dos & Don‘ts

There aren't actually any official rules on how to behave during Basel Fasnacht, but locals attach importance to certain customs and recommendations. If you follow these, you'll soon feel like an insider.

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Blaggedde (Fasnacht badge)

"Me het e Blaggedde" – you wear a badge. As this motto suggests, visitors as well as locals are advised to buy a Fasnacht badge and pin it on their lapels. It's almost a point of honour in fact, for the net proceeds from the sale of badges all go to the participating groups to help cover their costs. The badges come in copper, silver and gold. Or you can purchase the more expensive "Bijou", a smaller, but particularly elegant variant. The badges are sold by street vendors and costumed participants as well as at some newsstands and special sales stands.

Morgenstreich

Morgenstreich

Huge crowds always turn out for the Basel Morgestraich. So you should go early to the city centre to secure a place by the roadside with a good view. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and leave bulky bags at home. Agree on fixed meeting points and times with your companions in case you get separated from them. Darkness is key at Morgestraich. So don't let off any fireworks and don't use a flash if you take photos.

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Costumes

Only active Fasnacht participants wear costumes. Don't paint your face or wear a fake nose or a silly hat – none of this goes down well at Basel Fasnacht. Children  are the only exception – even as spectators, they are allowed to dress up during the children's Fasnacht.

Kulinarik

Food & drink

It is tradition to eat Mehlsuppe (flour soup) for the first time after Morgenstreich. Other typical dishes include onion and cheese quiche. Already before Fasnacht, various shops sell Fasnachtkiechli (disk-shaped sweet crackers dusted with icing sugar) and Faschtewajie (pretzel-shaped pastry with caraway seeds). It's no longer possible to discern the customs and practices behind these dishes. But the people of Basel don't mind – they enjoy their flour soup with or without cheese just the same.

Useful terms

Bebbi Baslerin, Basler
Chaise Kutsche
Clique Fasnachts-Verein
Cliquenkeller Übungslokal der Cliquen
Cortège Offizieller Umzug
Dääfeli Bonbon
Lampe Laterne
Larve Maske
Pfyffer Piccolospieler
Räppli Konfetti
Sauglattismus Pseudo-Spass
Sujet Aktuelles Thema, das eine Clique ausspielt
Tambour Trommelspieler
Vortrab PlatzmacherIn an der Zugsspitze einer Clique, Zeedel-VerteilerIn
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