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    Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring with the Winter Man! | City of Geneva

    A rich program in the neighborhoods

    Winter Man Festival in Champel | March 19, 2024

    The arrival of spring is celebrated on March 19 in Champel. At the end of a parade in the neighborhood from 5:45 p.m., the Bonhomme Hiver will take fire between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in front of the Champel neighborhood center. Syrups and mulled wines offered. In case of bad weather, the festival is postponed to March 22.

    Winter Man Festival at the Caves | March 22, 2024

    It’s a great spring that will be celebrated on March 22 at the Grottes. Meet at 6 p.m. on the Place des Grottes for the traditional parade, which marks the start of the festivities.

    Winter Man Festival in Pâquis Sécheron | March 23, 2024

    The residents of Pâquis Sécheron will meet on March 23 to properly celebrate the end of winter, with a festive day on the theme of pirates. On the program: makeup and DIY workshop, pirate rally, yoga, nursery rhyme, show and concert. A musical parade, accompanied by the Grupo Curuja Colorida brass band, will start at 6 p.m. from Place Châteaubriand and end in front of the Sécheron neighborhood space with the lighting of the Winter Bonhomme at 7:15 p.m. Meals and drinks offered.

    Spring Festival at the Junction | May 9, 2024

    The 45th edition of the Spring Festival awaits you with many surprises.

    An old tradition

    In pre-industrial times, the transition from winter to summer was accompanied by significant economic and societal changes. Traces of this phenomenon are found in certain customs, such as that of Winter Snowmanwhere the population symbolically freed from Winter and his demons by offering at the stake a rag doll personalizing this season.

    Still very widespread in many Swiss towns and villages at the beginning of the Lentthis custom is particularly present in Zurich and in German-speaking Switzerlandwhere, at the end of Carnival, the “Böögg» stuffed with firecrackers. Tradition has it that the sooner they explode, the sooner winter goes away.

    HAS Geneva also, the crossing of seasonal borders has a liberating effectand the neighborhood parties that accompany it allow us to express our joy of living.

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