The origin of the "Achetringele" – which means "bells down" – probably lies in the celebrations of the Germanic winter solstice. Once the custom served to expel evil spirits, but today it is a popular and entertaining celebration. The contradiction between today’s more civilised procession and the wild chase of the past highlights how the custom has changed over its long history.
If you want to see the traditional procession for yourself, take a trip to Laupen on 31 December. The procession starts at 8:00 p.m.
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