(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Zurich Böögg snowmen will be burned in canyons in other parts of Switzerland to prevent people from violating the Covid ban.
This content is published March 23, 2021 – 14:23 March 23, 2021 – 14:23 swissinfo.ch/mga
The traditional spring festival, which has been going on since 1892, sees the sacrifice of a statue whose head is filled with fireworks. Legend has it that the sooner Böögg’s head explodes, the summer will be warmer and brighter.
The event usually takes place in Zurich’s large Sechseläutenplatz square, attracting thousands of spectators. The city government had previously announced the arson would be broadcast live on television without spectators on April 19. On Tuesday it was announced that the canton of Uri, in central Switzerland, will host a ceremony in remote Schöllenen Gorge close to the spectacular Devil’s Bridge. .
This is to allow events to take place in accordance with pandemic lockdown measures that prohibit crowds from gathering together.
In 1890, an ornate doll (Böögg’s predecessor) was burned in Zurich in an attempt to ward off the epidemic of ‘Russian flu’.
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