THE VALAIS CARNIVAL

From a historical perspective, the carnival was born in the Middle Ages. He replaced the pagan festivals that existed before the Church Christianized the calendar, it was in February, the period when they ate the last time cooking fat (up to Mardi Gras) before entering quarantine, Lent, the forty days when they ate lean until Easter. For the more poetic side of things, we can say that the Carnival festivities accompanying the transition from winter to spring, from death to life: they signal the rebirth of nature in the exuberance, imagination and imagination. In Valais, the celebration of Carnival is traditionally marked by masked balls, parades of tanks in the streets and costumed processions. The Guggenmusik, holders of bells and drums and fifes help animate the villages and cities during this period.