Friday, 15 April 2011



Every year there is a big celebration in Zurich where the members of the old guild put on their historical costumes and parade around the city. Everybody attends, especially if it is as beautiful a day as this year.

The parade is over three hours long and consists of several thousand people, including many children and hundreds of horses. None of the carts are moved using a motor, horses it is as it has always been.

The most important part starts at exactly 6pm: They set fire to the Bögg, a snowman made of paper stuffed with fireworks. The tradition says that faster the Bögg burns, the better is the summer going to be. The official time is measured from the moment the stake is set on fire to the second the head explodes.

Hours later, people use the remaing coal to build hundreds of little barbecues. Some people make it their entertainment to get the embers from the remaining stake, which is so hot only crazy people will get closer than 2-3 meters.
 And no, you don't need to know how to pronounce the title. It translates as "the ringing of the bells at 6 pm".

1 comment:

  1. Schöne Fotos! Den Kleinen mit der trendy blondierten Strähne und dem Blumensträußchen in der Faust find ich besonders gut. ;-)


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