Sechseläuten – Sächsilüüte – Zurich Spring Festival

Customs Zurich Region

Sechseläuten is a festive custom in Zurich that has celebrated the start of spring for centuries. The event is accompanied by historically dressed guild members and is marked by colorful bands, magnificent horses, flowers and flags. But the real main attraction of the festival is the famous “Böögg”.

Sechseläuten

Sechseläuten

The Böögg, which today is the central figure of the Sechseläuten, is burnt at exactly six o’clock in the evening, to the ringing of the bells in St. Peter’s Church. He is a life-size snowman with a head filled with fireworks. Legend has it that the time it takes for the Böögg to explode predicts the coming summer. The faster and more violently the Böögg’s head explodes, the more beautiful and sunny the summer will be.

Sechseläuten – history of the festival

In the 16th century, the Zurich Council, which at that time consisted exclusively of guild members, made a remarkable decision: to mark the beginning of spring, they decided to postpone the end of working hours by one hour in the summer months, so that the end of working hours now took place at 6 pm. This symbolic act was announced by the ringing of the Grossmünster’s second largest bell on the first Monday after the equinox at exactly 6 pm. From this day onwards, work continued one hour longer until late fall. This historic initiative, which first became known as “Sächsilüüte” – the ringing at six o’clock – has been celebrated every year since.

Over time, the “Sächsilüüte” has developed into an important traditional event in Zurich. It is not only a symbol of the transition from winter to spring and the beginning of longer, brighter days, but also an expression of the community’s appreciation for the city’s work and economy. The people of Zurich celebrate this moment with pride and joy and celebrate the changing of the seasons in a lively way.

Sechseläuten is a popular and traditional festival that is celebrated with enthusiasm by locals and visitors alike. It is an expression of joy and hope for the start of a new season that transforms Zurich into a colorful sea of flowers. The Böögg and its burning are the fascinating highlight that puts people in a festive mood and increases the anticipation of spring.

Video Violent Böögg explosion in Zurich – Sechseläuten 2022

After 37 minutes and 59 seconds, the Böögg in Zurich exploded violently and loudly at Sechseläuten 2022 🙂

Heftige Böögg-Explosion in Zürich - Sechseläuten 2022

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Video Zurich’s Burning Snowman Festival | The Most Explosive Weather Forecast | Sechseläuten

Burning Snowman – the Sechseläuten in Zurich is maybe the most explosive weather forecast in Europe. Therefore an effigy of a snowman, the so called Böögg, is burnt until it explodes. A parade of 3,500 people, 350 riders, 50 horse-drawn wagons and 30 brass bands celebrates the Sechseläuten, or Sächsilüüte” as locals call it. A very special arrival of the summer months.

Zurich's Burning Snowman Festival | The Most Explosive Weather Forecast | Sechseläuten

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