Chalandamarz (GR)

Engadin

Sils - Furtschellas

Sils - Furtschellas

St. Moritzersee

St. Moritzersee

Cresta Palace sud

Cresta Palace sud

St. Moritz - Corviglia

St. Moritz - Corviglia

Schweizerhof Bad

Schweizerhof Bad

Engadin St. Moritz - Sils - Hotel Waldhaus II

Engadin St. Moritz - Sils - Hotel Waldhaus II

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia Snowpark

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia Snowpark

St. Moritzer - See mit St. Moritz-Dorf

St. Moritzer - See mit St. Moritz-Dorf

Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Ecole de ski

Ecole de ski

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Engadin St. Moritz - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Cresta Palace nord

Cresta Palace nord

Engadin St. Moritz - Clavadatsch Hütte

Engadin St. Moritz - Clavadatsch Hütte

Engadin St. Moritz - Ausblick Kulm Hotel

Engadin St. Moritz - Ausblick Kulm Hotel

St. Moritz Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

St. Moritz Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

March 1

The first of March used to be the date public offices were appointed in many regions of the Graubünden. Today it is the day of the largest children's festival in the Engadine and a few other valleys (Val Mustair, Bregaglia, Oberhalbstein).

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In the morning, the boys parade through town clanging their bells (sometimes other instruments are included), so that "the grass grows better". They collect money and nice things to eat, which they later share. Then there is a ball which lasts late into the night.

In some places, the parade through the village is enriched with a touch of carnival or resembles a (much too early) Alpine pageant. In many places, the participating children are dressed in blue overskirts with red scarves for the occasion.

There are no documents tracing this custom back very far. However, the sheer fact that it is so widespread and contains certain characteristics point to a rather early origin.

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