Every autumn, shepherds lead their herds home from the summer grazing grounds in the Alps. The two-day journey ends with a celebration in the town of Riffenmatt at the foot of the Bernese Alps. Pictures and text: Christoph Balsiger, swissinfo
Waiting for the shepherds.
Each shepherd takes charge of part of the herd.
The sheep are firmly tethered to keep them on the straight and narrow.
Are any missing?
All aboard for the final leg of the journey home.
Children are given a day off school to welcome the sheep, but there are other entertainments.
No lamb on the menu today - Bratwurst (sausage) is the traditional fare.
Yodellers take a break to liven up the festivities.
The festival pulls thousands of locals and visitors every year.