Roitschäggättä im Lötschental

Lötschental

Hockenhorngrat

Hockenhorngrat

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lötschental

Lötschental

Maundy Thursday and Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday. Carnival custom, masked pranks on Maundy Thursday, and masked parade on the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday. Starting as early as Candlemas (February 2) one may encounter the Roitschäggättä in the Lötschental. These are wild figures clad in fur and hiding behind impressive wooden masks.

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The Roitschäggättä are in fact the natives from the different villages of the Lötschental who hide behind their often handmade wooden masks, frightening passersby and playing pranks. This tradition sometimes became so reckless in bygone days that the Church repeatedly had to prohibit it. Today, the Roitschäggättä chiefly roam through the valley on Maundy Thursday, while there is a masked parade in the village of Wiler on the Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday.

As ancient the grimacing masks with their teeth stumps and attached fur may appear, their history can actually not be traced back further than the late 18th century.The masks from the Lötschental, which are now often the work of professional or amateur woodcarvers, have become sought-after souvenirs.



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