Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

Val d'Herens

Arolla

Arolla

Arolla Mont-Collon

Arolla Mont-Collon

Arolla Pigne

Arolla Pigne

Arolla Hôtel Kurhaus

Arolla Hôtel Kurhaus

Tsarmine

Tsarmine

Hotel Kurhaus

Hotel Kurhaus

Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Snowpark Centralpark

Snowpark Centralpark

Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Thyon - Les Collons

Thyon - Les Collons

Les Masses - Thyon 1600

Les Masses - Thyon 1600

Evolène, Dent Blanche, Valais, Suisse

Evolène, Dent Blanche, Valais, Suisse

Vercorin Village - Val d'Anniviers

Vercorin Village - Val d'Anniviers

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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