My very first post to this blog in 2005 was about the Easter customs in small villages in the Hunsruck. But I've learned that the season leading up to Easter deserves mention as well. Here are some bits and pieces.
In the small villages, the two days before the beginning of Lent or the Fastnachtzeit were celebrated in a variety of ways. For instance, on the Monday before Lent, Rosenmontag, in the Hunsruck villages of Kreis Saarburg, the mothers baked special little Küchlein on the Monday before Easter. These were round or longish raised cakes similar to our doughnuts. They were made of flour, egg, a little sugar, and yeast. When the dough had risen, each doughnut/cake was fried in an iron pot in extremely hot oil. After the typical Rosenmontag meal of potato soup, the boys in each household would spear a Küchlein with a sharp stick. Pulling on a stocking cap and a mask, they went from house to house with their spears, asking for eggs and ham.