Tomorrow is Sechseläuten, a traditional spring festival that takes place in Zurich on the third Monday of April.

The climax of the celebration is the burning of the Böögg, a giant snowman figure filled with explosives, which symbolises putting an end to winter.

Legend has it, that the quicker the Böögg’s head explodes, the sooner summer will come, the hotter it will be and the longer it will last.

I wasn’t sure how my kids would feel about witnessing a snowman been burnt to death (and then being used as a barbeque), so we stuck to watching the children’s parade. boogg 7

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