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In Switzerland we don’t celebrate Halloween. But we have a kind a related tradition with the 🎃

Photo #1 from Regensdorf, Switzerland by Joshy1988 made on 2018-10-31 20:47 for Sola

We call it “Räbeliechtli” (turnip-lights)

Photo #2 from Regensdorf, Switzerland by Joshy1988 made on 2018-10-31 20:47 for Sola

They are made out of a white turnip. It’s actually a thing for children. Most they made them in school and then take them at home.

Photo #3 from Regensdorf, Switzerland by Joshy1988 made on 2018-10-31 20:47 for Sola

Some day in middle November (depends on which state and which town) there are a kind a parade in the early morning where all children from the town walk (it’s called “Räbeliechtliumzug” turnip-lights parade) through the dark streets with their lights (the public street lights don’t get turned on during this parade). They walk through the streets and traditionally sing special “Räbeliechtliumzug” songs.

Photo #4 from Regensdorf, Switzerland by Joshy1988 made on 2018-10-31 20:47 for Sola
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DELETED USER
It must be easier to cut turnips rather than pumpkins. It looks really beautiful 🖤
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Joshy1988Author
Yeah they’re really soft. It happens not rarely that a kid destroys the hollow turnip because of too much pressure. That’s when the big tears start to run. But that’s the reason why they have enough turnips at that day in school 😅
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Panni
Sound like Martinstag to me. Of course the lanterns are not made from turnips. Looks like a cute little tradition!
Joshy1988Author
Yep but in the alemannic place it’s called Räbeliechtliumzug. Martinstag will nobody understand.
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coralie🎈
and we sing this song during the march in the dark.. https://youtu.be/6BPaDc5quoc
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Righteous Pie Loving Joshua
Joshy1988, it looks sort of like Christmas
Joshy1988Author
Righteous Pie Loving Joshua, it has nothing to do with Christmas 😤
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Righteous Pie Loving Joshua
Joshy1988, I know that's why I said it looked like it.
Escape
You have to start Halloween there
Joshy1988Author
Noooooooo! They already trying that. And I don’t like it 😤
Slowdowngandhi
Almost nobody likes it
Escape
Get to dress up in costumes and eat candy, what's not to like?
Joshy1988Author
Escape 🎃, we call that Fastnacht and that’s in spring time
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Escape
Joshy1988, okay, I feel better now, I didn't want you guys to be deprived
Joshy1988Author
Escape 🎃, I guess I would love to celebrate Halloween in America. There is just no traditional spirit here. Nearly nobody prepares candies for ringing children, you hardly find some decorated houses. There are some few costume parties but still only on the weekends so not really on hallows eve. It’s just not... real... if you know what I mean
Escape
I don't know how it is in the rest of the country, but here people decorate their houses or leave a light on to let others know that they are in for trick or treating. Last night was a lovely evening so a lot of people were hanging out with their kids and socializing while they went on their rounds. There's also a really nice parade in the neighborhood, and of course the huge one in the city
Jabba Ree 🌹
Sounds cool! I'd like to do that someday
Joshy1988Author
You’re too late for that! An Adult with a Räbeliechtli would be very strange 🤔
Cinder
This is really fun, thanks for telling us about it. 😊
Abhay
Nice pictures!
Slowdowngandhi
Oh childhood memories
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