Chalandamarz (GR)

Engadin

Sankt Moritz: Ecole de ski

Sankt Moritz: Ecole de ski

Sils: Hotel Seraina

Sils: Hotel Seraina

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Celerina: Cresta Palace nord

Celerina: Cresta Palace nord

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

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

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

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sils: Furtschellas

Sils: Furtschellas

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

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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