Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

Val d'Herens

Arolla: Mont-Collon

Arolla: Mont-Collon

Arolla: Pigne

Arolla: Pigne

Arolla: Hôtel Kurhaus

Arolla: Hôtel Kurhaus

Arolla: Tsarmine

Arolla: Tsarmine

Arolla: Hotel Kurhaus

Arolla: Hotel Kurhaus

Arolla

Arolla

Thyon: Snowpark Centralpark

Thyon: Snowpark Centralpark

Thyon: Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Thyon: Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Thyon: Les Collons

Thyon: Les Collons

Thyon: Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Thyon: Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Thyon: Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

Thyon: Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

Thyon: Les Masses

Thyon: Les Masses

Evolène: Dent Blanche

Evolène: Dent Blanche

Vercorin: Creux du Lavioz

Vercorin: Creux du Lavioz

Vercorin

Vercorin

Vercorin: Village - Val d'Anniviers

Vercorin: Village - Val d'Anniviers

Dailley: Nax

Dailley: Nax

Crêt du Midi

Crêt du Midi

Mase: le Trappeur

Mase: le Trappeur

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The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and holidays, people wear traditional costume with bright head-squares and aprons made of velvet and silk. On 6 January, bells ring in the start of Carnival; the "Carnaval d'Hérens" is famous for its "Peluches" (wooden masks) with cat, fox and wolf faces. The people wearing the masks mingle with the spectators and play all kinds of pranks.

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