Many Valais villages and valleys practise their own unique, centuries-old customs and traditions. It’s a breathtaking spectacle when the Tschäggättä, Sunnetreelleta and other mythical figures move through the streets and farmyards, chasing away winter and the evil spirits. Locals spend hours creating unique costumes and terrifying masks, later to be used in performance, and do not mind being watched at their work. This is a truly magical experience guaranteed to induce gooseflesh.
Sunnetreelleta in Grengiols
Every three years in Grengiols, the ‘Sunnetreelleta’ ritual is held in mid-November. In this ritual, village residents roll a large sun wheel down the steep village road with a powerful roar. This ritual is the way in which village residents whimsically take note of the fact that in parts of Grengiols the sun will not show its face for four to six weeks.