Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 is a strange and wonderful convergence of events.
Central PA is more fun than lots of places. We have "days" that other places don't. For us, today is Fastnacht Day. That’s Fat Tuesday in Pennsylvania Dutch country. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday and the tasty tradition is to use up all the fat in the house before Lent begins. So folks line up at bakeries and outside church kitchens to buy and eat all kinds of Pennsylvania German sweets, but most particularly, fastnachts. That’s a very hearty, doughnut-like pastry. It’s deep fried and you can have it plain or with sugar toppings. A true fastnacht doesn't have a hole. They are calorie free of course. So you should have two or three or more, and all the coffee you like. Would I lie?
But, wait! There’s more. I don’t know (or care) who decided exactly when Hootie Hoo Day is, but this year it’s also this Tuesday, February 20. On Hootie Hoo Day you stick your head out the front door at high noon, and yell "Hootie Hoo" three times. This is to scare Old Man Winter away. Some folks claim that you have to be naked when you do this. Those people. Although, I’m thinking my being naked in my doorway might be pretty scary at that.
Have a great Fastnacht Day!