Sechseläuten, Zurich spring fest

The city of Zurich celebrated the Sechseläuten this past Monday. It is a traditional spring festival with medieval roots. The celebrations consist of a big parade in the city centre, where the Zünfte, or traditional guilds of Zurich, take part and the burning of the Böögg, a snowman that represents the winter and, according to the tradition, can predict how the summer will be.

This has been my first Sechseläuten. I didn’t really know what to expect from the festival, but I’m really happy I went to see it. The city centre was beautiful, with flags of the city and the city guilds everywhere. The parade was especially beautiful: the members of the guilds were all wearing historic attire, uniforms and traditional costumes. Every guild had its own music band and horsemen. The people from the public were giving flowers to the guild members during the parade. And it was really nice to see people from all ages involved in the festivity.

The parade ended at the Sechseläutenplazt, in front of the Opera House. There the Böögg was waiting to be burnt at the top of a huge pyre. The tradition says that the time between the lighting of the pyre and the explosion of the Böögg’s head (which is full of firecrackers) can predict how the weather will be on summer. The shorter it takes to explode, the finer the summer will be. This year it took 9 min and 56 secs to explode and locals say it will be a nice summer.

I really enjoyed the colorful and familiar Sechseläuten, even if the streets were packed and I couldn’t take as many photos as I would’ve liked to. I hope next year I can be in a better location to take more photos and show you all the parade and burning of the Böögg!!

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Sechseläuten parade. Canon EOS 1200d 127mm f/5 1/200sec. ISO100
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Sechseläuten parade. Canon EOS 1200D 89mm f/5 1/125sec. ISO100
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Sechseläuten parade. Canon EOS 1200D 84mm f/5 1/125sec. ISO100
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The Böögg in Sechseläutenplazt. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/1250sec. ISO100
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The Böögg. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/5 1/2000sec. ISO100
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The Böögg. Canon EOS 1200D 70mm f/4.5 1/2000sec. ISO100
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Burning Böögg. Canon EOS 1200D 135mm f/5 1/2000sec. ISO100
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One of the explosion of the Böögg. Canon EOS 1200D 183mm f/5.6 1/2000sec. ISO100
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Zurich in Sechseläuten day. Canon EOS 1200D 37mm f/11 1/200sec. ISO100
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Horsemen from the Sechseläuten parade. Canon EOS 1200D 33mm f/11 1/200sec. ISO100
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Banhofstrasse. Canon EOS 1200D 55mm f/11 1/100sec. ISO200
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Horsemen from the Sechseläuten parade. Canon EOS 1200D 33mm f/11 1/100sec. ISO100

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9 thoughts on “Sechseläuten, Zurich spring fest

    1. Thanks a lot, Anne!!! Well, I didn’t have a choice…. It was shooting through the crowd or not shooting at all!!!! I can’t believe there were so many people! I’ll try to be sooner next year, hehehe I wouldn’t like to miss it again! The parade was super beautiful and there were hosemen riding around the pyre all the time… Next year I’ll try to be closer to all the action 🙂

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