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Chästeilet Justistal

Our culture and customs tip for the upcoming Friday is the "Chästeilet" (cheese-sharing) in the Justistal valley.

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Dancers in Switzerland wear traditional costumes from the canton of Lucerne take part in the Sachseln Trachtentag (OW), 25 June Switzerland customs includes to wear traditional dress in festivals. One unique dance form is the traditional 'Bödälä.

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Blowers perform on the last day of the international Alphorn Festival of Nendaz, Switzerland.

Day in pictures: 29 July 2013

150 alphorn blowers perform together on the last day of the international Alphorn Festival of Nendaz in Switzerland.

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Alphorn players and flag throwers ("Fahenenschwinger"), Federal Yodelling Festival, 2011 © Annalies Studer/Zeitschrift Schwingen Hornussen Jodeln

Playing the alphorn and the Büchel - Living traditions

Known as Fasnacht, the largest Swiss popular festival is unusual for two reasons. It starts the week after Carnival everywhere else, a possible holdover from the Reformation (Basel’s carnival is one of the world’s few Protestant celebrations). And ridiculous amounts of confetti are involved, thrown by riders on floats or dumped on unsuspecting passersby.

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