Faspa (word)

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Faspa (also spelled vespa) is a Low German (Plattdeutsch) word which in High German is Vesper. Faspa is used in the cultures of Mennonites and their descendents who settled in Eastern Europe and the Russian Empire to describe a light lunch usually in the afternoon on weekdays and especially on Sunday. It emphasizes the fellowship of family and friends gathering for coffee or tea, zwieback or other baked food, butter, jam and may also include cheese, cold cuts, cake and cookies. The workday in farming and other labors in rural areas was usually long. To refresh themselves through the time from noon to the end of the work day people developed the custom of taking a faspa break to stop, rest, east some food and visit. On Sundays people found it a wonderful time to travel and visit and to share a simple fare.

Faspa and its corresponding German Vesper is a word from classical Latin meaning "evening" but in standard High German can have the same meaning that the English "Vespers" has. However, in contemporary German it can also mean "break" or "brunch."

See Also: Cookery, Mennonite (American)


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Author(s) Victor G Wiebe
Date Published February 2018

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