When I read the Badische Zeitung of today I discovered that a Butterfest (no translation necessary) was celebrated last weekend in Landwasser, a suburb of Freiburg. This time we did not import a fest from the West but from the East. In Russia Masleniza, the butter fest, marks the arrival of spring although older people remember that in Kazakhstan there was no spring and that they were dashing through the snow with a troika rather than in a one-horse open sleigh.
|Celebrating Masleniza in Landwasser (©BZ/Rita Eggstein)|
City retailers rejoice: Next year we are going to market the Böögg in Freiburg and burn it on Freiburg's Rathausplatz.
|Burning the Böögg in Zurich (©Wikipedia/Magnus Manske)|