Fastens-een

Fastens-een

Between February 3 and March 9; the day before Ash Wednesday
The eve or day before Ash Wednesday has been given a number of names in Scotland and northern England, including Fastens-een, Fastens-eve, Fastens-Even, and Fastens Tuesday . All refer to the Lenten season that is about to begin, "Fasten Day" being the Old English form of "Fast Day." Fastingong was an early English expression for Shrove Tuesday, which was also called Fastingong Tuesday . In certain English dialects the word "fastgong" means "fast-going" or "approaching a time of fast."
No matter what the day is called, the day before Lent begins in the West is traditionally a time for carnival-like celebrations.
See also Carnival; Collop Monday; Fasching
SOURCES:
BkDays-1864, vol. I, p. 236
BkFest-1937, p. 54
DictDays-1988, pp. 9, 15, 39, 42