…continued from Fasnacht 3
Oh my goodness I forgot to publish this post! Sorry for the extended delay!
Generally the sujets act as social commentary on what is going on in the country and the world. For example, this year the BP oil spill came up as the theme in group after group, as did pedophile Priests and the issue of banning the veil in public places which was a big debate in Europe. On Tuesday night during the carnival all the lanterns end up in the Munsterplatz for everyone to see and it ends up being like a giant outdoor art exhibition. You can walk along and look at the similarities and differences between lanterns, and admire the handiwork as they are truly works of art in and of themselves.
I’ve noticed that a few lantern canvases from Fastnachts past end up in the weekly Saturday flohmarkt (fleamarket) in Petersplatz and for a couple hundred Swiss Francs you can buy one for yourself if you so choose.
I think it would be completely fascinating to compare and contrast what the sujets would be in other countries and cultures. If you were to pick a few sujets to represent the major social/political/world themes of the past year, what would you choose?
This one’s for you Dad!