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It is very likely that the Groppenfasnacht originates from an old Germanic spring festival of the local fishermen. Since the shallow Lower Lake froze over almost every winter at that time and fishing had to be stopped as a result, the fishermen used the catch of the first bullheads every year as an occasion to celebrate a spring festival, the focus of which - similar to the "Sechseläuten" in Zurich - was the expulsion of winter. With the papal legend of its origin, the people of Ermatingen managed to hold on to the originally pagan spring cult even in "Christian times". For centuries, the Groppenfest was only celebrated in "Staad", the village part of the fishermen on the lake, while the people in the upper village celebrated the Bauernfasnacht. Finally, the two parts of the village combined their carnival. Since then, the people of Ermatingen celebrate "the last carnival in the world" on Lätare Sunday, three weeks before Easter, in honor of the Groppe.
The Groppenfasnacht in Ermatingen on Lake Constance is the most traditional carnival in eastern Switzerland and is also considered the latest carnival in the world. The "Groppenumzug" as the highlight takes place only every three years; the last one was in 2018. The procession is led by "King Gropp", followed by the fishermen who show their catch. Among other things, there is also a village carnival evening in the hall, where Guggenmusik play and Schnitzelbänken are performed.
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