Chalandamarz in the valley of Fex


28 February 2025

Val Fex , Sils

On the last day of February, the children parade through Val Fex with bells and drive away winter with singing, cracking whips and ringing bells.

On March 1st, the Chalandamarz in the village of Sils takes place. «Chalandamarz, chaland´avrigl, laschè las vachas our d´uvigl…» The roots of the Chalandamarz can be found in pagan times, with the Romans. The month of March is dedicated to Mars, the god of sun and war. According to the Julian calendar, the year began in March and in the warmer regions, spring also began. This event was celebrated with grandiose festivals to ask Mars for his blessing for fields, meadows and livestock. The Romans also played an important role in the Engadin and left traces of their customs. The invisible spirits are driven away by cracking whips, ringing bells and singing. This noise is supposed to instill fear in the winter (spirit) and thus awaken fertility. Read more about the Chalandamarz on our Sils History.

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