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!