Mar 01

Chalandamarz: A Colorful Swiss Tradition

 

It’s March 1st.

This is the day that children from the Engadine Valley in southeastern Switzerland chase away winter by singing and ringing cowbells. The children don blue shirts and red caps and process through their towns carrying large bells, collecting treats and making a huge racket.

Swissinfo recorded the sights and sounds of this colorful tradition in the (otherwise) tranquil village of Ardez. You can read, and hear, about it by following this link.
Chalandamarz gained much publicity following the publication of the children’s book Schellenursli, “A Bell for Ursli”, written by Selina Chönz and illustrated by Alois Carigiet. Look for this book if you ever go to the Engadine. It’s a fun gift and a wonderful keepsake.
An excerpt from the book:
All through the summer in the Engadine Mountains of Switzerland the cattle feed in the mountain meadows, carrying bells around their necks. The calves have little bells and the cows have big ones. When they come into their sheds for the winter the bells are taken off. In March when winter is over, the Spring Festival comes, and the bells are rung in the village to celebrate the end of the cold, dark days. All the boys march in procession through the street, each carrying the biggest bell he can, and they ring their bells to drive the winter away and welcome back the sunny spring. And the village people smile, and fill the bells with cakes and nuts and apples. But only the big boys can carry the big bells: the little boys come at the tail of the procession carrying little calf-bells. This is the story of Ursli, and of the adventure he has when the Spring Festival comes around and he decides he is old enough to have a big bell for the first time.
Happy Chalandamarz!
Trips that visit this region:

 

You Might Also Like...
Ryder-Walker Limited Time Special: Receive 2019 Pricing on all 2020 Treks through October 1st! Fall
Training For A Hiking Trip As you are preparing for your next Ryder-Walker hiking trip,
  Trekking Poles So, you are getting ready to embark on your Ryder-Walker hiking trip
Building Artificial Glaciers for an Agricultural Future in Ladakh Climate change continues its grim march
Your Perfect Women's Hiking Trip All of Ryder-Walker’s treks are accessible and enjoyable regardless of
Include the Whole Family on Your Next Hiking Trip Each trip we put together at Ryder-Walker
Over the years here at Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures, we have been asked for advice on
Ryder-Walker's Multiple Country Treks Ryder Walker’s tours are all culturally and environmentally unique, however some
Our Most Captivating Cultural Treks One of the most important parts of joining a Ryder-Walker
The Perfect Holiday Gift This holiday season give the gift of a life-changing vacation with
Ryder-Walker’s Seven Most Challenging Treks Why not start training for one of Ryder-Walker’s more vigorous
Watching Nature When guiding for Ryder-Walker, every day is a new adventure. The Alps remain

Contact Us

Contact Form

Kendra Norris

Alps Specialist

Hello! Can I help you with your booking?








Call me at this number

888.586.8365