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Fiery tradition

During the Chienbäse procession in Liestal 100 cubic metres of wood go up in flames within just one hour.

The evening parade, which first took place in 1902, is one of the most spectacular fire traditions in Switzerland. It’s made up of around 300 people carrying bundles of pinewood chips, “Chienbäse”, weighing 40-70 kg, as well as carts carrying bonfires and follows a 1,805-metre route through the town. The public is out in force and fire officers have the event under strict surveillance. Before that, there are the Fasnacht carnival processions in Liestal and in neighbouring towns. This year’s Chienbäse is on Sunday, February 26. (Pictures: Thomas Kern/

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