Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

Val d'Herens

Arolla: Mont-Collon

Arolla: Mont-Collon

Arolla: Hotel Kurhaus

Arolla: Hotel Kurhaus

Arolla: Pigne

Arolla: Pigne

Arolla

Arolla

Arolla: Tsarmine

Arolla: Tsarmine

Arolla: Hôtel Kurhaus

Arolla: Hôtel Kurhaus

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: Agence Evolena Sàrl - Evolène, Village - Dent Blanche

Evolène: Agence Evolena Sàrl - Evolène, Village - Dent Blanche

Evolène: Dent - Blanche - Valais - Suisse

Evolène: Dent - Blanche - Valais - Suisse

Vercorin: Vercorin TVCM

Vercorin: Vercorin TVCM

Vercorin

Vercorin

Vercorin: Crêt du Midi

Vercorin: Crêt du Midi

Vercorin: Village - Val d'Anniviers

Vercorin: Village - Val d'Anniviers

Crêt du Midi

Crêt du Midi

Dailley: Nax - Valais - Suisse

Dailley: Nax - Valais - Suisse

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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