This guide is an excellent introduction to Basel Fasnacht, the traditional and colourful carnival that marks the end of the fasting season and takes place in February or March. It starts at 4 o'clock on Monday morning with the traditional Morgestraich, the opening event, and lasts for three days. The author explains what this loud and beautiful event is all about and why it is the highlight of the year for visitors and carnival enthusiasts alike. Lifting the Mask is a guidebook to help you enjoy these three special days.
The author, Peter Habicht, is a historian in Basel who enjoys giving lively, carefully researched tours of the town closest to his heart. The illustrator, Fredy Prack, is a graphic designer and one of the most valued artists for Fasnacht lanterns, well-known for conveying the themes, humour and heart of the Basler (and Schnitzelbaenggler) into visual form.
Prologue (About this book; What Fasnacht is (and isn't); Fasnacht fever); Morgestraich (The music; Costumes and masks); Monday (Cortege; Cliquen; Is Fasnacht funny?; Schnitzelbaengg); Tuesday (Kinderfasnacht; Lantern Exhibition; Guggemuusige); Wednesday (Organizing Fasnacht (Comite); 'Wild' Fasnacht; Schyssdraeggziigli; Gaessle; The End); History; At a glance (Do's and don'ts; More hints; What to eat (with recipes); Glossary); Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements About the author and the illustrator