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Fasching: A German Tradition
Male high school student completing written German test during Fasching

The coveted Golden Pretzel... which school would bring it home?

At Paragon, there is a tradition of putting our German class up against the German class at King of Kings Lutheran Church & School in a series of tests during Fasching, or German carnival. Fasching likely originated around the 13th century and was a festival that not only took place before Lent, but also was a time in which the rules and order of daily life were subverted.

While students still had to follow rules at school, they were immersed in German culture through several activities including a research project on German traditions and holidays, karnevalsbingo (German carnival bingo) and faschingfest (German carnival) bingo. In addition, students spoke in German and watched German-language videos that dove deeper into Fasching while it was taking place in Germany.

Die goldene Brezel (The Golden Pretzel) is the coveted prize that goes to the school who gets the most points in each activity during Fasching. This time around, King of Kings earned the trophy. We look forward to competing with them again in October and bringing the trophy back home!

High school German students standing together singing a traditional German song
Projected image on wall with trivia question
Close up image of The Golden Pretzel trophy plaque
Male high school student reviewing bingo sheet during karnevalsbingo at Fasching
Close up of German Christmas project board with red background and Christmas lights
Group of students sitting at tables during karnevalsbingo at Fasching