Turnip Jack-o’-Lanterns in Switzerland

 

On the second Saturday of November, you’ll find a magical scene at the Räbechilbi festival in Richterswil. 

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The houses and grounds in Richterswil are covered in turnip lanterns, another type of jack-o-lantern on display in Switzerland.

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The community building (Gemeinde) lines its windowsills with the little lanterns and creates an enchanting scene for passerby, and walkways are outlined in carefully-crafted turnip lanterns.

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This house was probably my favorite display of jack-o'-lanterns at the festival. It was decorated with turnip jack-o'-lanterns in the shape of lotus flowers.

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Now the parade is ready to start. Moving carts with ornate displays of turnips line the streets of Richterswil, and children sit on their parents’ shoulders for a better view.

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The street is lined with people eager to see this year’s collection of artful masterpieces. Families huddle together for extra warmth on this chilly November evening.

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The parade is worth waiting for and is extra sweet with a cup of mulled wine (Glühwein) in hand. Until next year!

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