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Böögg snowman explodes for a good summer

Switzerland can expect a good summer if the famous Böögg snowman is to be believed.

The explosive-filled snowman, the highlight of Zurich’s Sechseläuten festival, exploded at 10 minutes and 56 seconds – well below the 14-minute average and within the 10-12 minute range which is supposed to indicate a good summer is on the way.

Some 3,500 guilds, 1,300 musicians and 1,000 children in period costumes took part in yesterday’s traditional Sechseläuten parade through central Zurich.

Sechseläuten, which means “six o’clock bell ringing” dates back to medieval times when craftsmen worked daylight hours until 5pm in winter.

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