Evolène Carnaval

It seems the whole of the Valais has descended upon our village today, as it’s the last weekend of the Carnaval.  There’s a real party atmosphere, with stalls, lots of drinking (of course) and a band playing, though some of you may be alarmed at the fairly gruesome images to follow.  The masks are designed to scare away the evil winter spirits, but they can also have that effect on some young children too.   As you will see from one of the images – the figures are only human, so don’t have nightmares – especially over pictures 4 and 5 !  😉

For info, the masks are all made out of wood and hand carved and painted by local sculptor Hugo Beytrison.   He also creates incredibly intricate wooden sculptures of birds and animals from huge tree trunks with a chain saw!

 

8 thoughts on “Evolène Carnaval

    • Thanks – you certainly know how to cheer a person up! It is a very authentic, rural village and nothing like the Verbiers and Zermatts (even though they are in the same canton). You should add Switzerland and the Valais region to your ‘Must see’ list. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to post some more happy snaps ! 🙂

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      • Many, many moons ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to back pack through Switzerland. I had a dear friend who lived in the canton of Glarus which was so, so stunning. We also traveled to Zermatt, Locarno, Lugano, Bern, Zurich… among other magnificent places. What a trip!!! I’m green with envy!!!! I will definitely get back there. Any opportunity to travel is one well taken. 🙂

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