Every year the Guilds of Zürich celebrate with great gusto their traditional Spring Festival called “Sechseläuten”,or Six O’Clock Bells.
Celebrations get well under way on Sunday with the parade of the children dressed in historic costumes walking through the streets of the inner city.
On Monday the parade of the Guilds takes place.
After, everyone meets by the Lake, where punctually at six p.m. the effigy of “Old Man Winter” is burnt on a huge bonfire while riders in costume gallop around it.
It is said that the kind of Summer we can expect depends on the time it takes for the effigy to explode.
I never care either way,more important to me is that Winter has at last gone.