A colourful custom from the Lower Engadine valley.
This content was published on February 27, 2008 - 09:48
The Chalandamarz is an old tradition in the Romansh-speaking part of Engadine, southeastern Switzerland, that dates back to Roman times. In those days March 1 (chalanda=first, marz=March) marked the start of the new year. Boys parade through the streets with heavy bells and cracking whips to drive away evil spirits.