Graubünden Ferien

«Chalandamarz» tradition

Here's where winter gets kicked out

It’s the first day of March, there may still be snowy landscapes and a chill in the air, but with each day the sun is warming up and melting away the snow. On the 1st of March every year the traditional folk custom of Chalandamarz is celebrated, schoolchildren dressed in brightly coloured costumes parade through Graubünden’s towns and villages ringing bells to usher in the better half of the year. The traditional custom symbolises that the long-awaited spring will soon come and melt the last icicle.

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