Fašiangy-carnival Žilina, Slovakia, folk festival. Fašiangy was a major theatrical event in Slovak villages and towns. It was the final celebration before the fasting and austerity of Lent when a symbolic burial ceremony for the contrabass was performed, because music had to cease for the Lent. Typically a happy group of costumed and masked youths walked from house to house playing music. They dressed up as many different characters based on folklore and mythology.