Interesting facts 

What’s about the Lötschentaler Tschäggättä

It was always the privilege of the youth, at least once a year during the carnival in February, to disturb the village routine. Only a few figures of the ancient carnival outlived till today, so the “Tschäggättä” in the Lötschental with their big grotesque face wooden masks.

 

The prevailing taste and the demand let the form of the masks often completely change. The material however remained the same: the masks are still carved from Swiss stone pine wood, the fur is usually made of sheep or goat skins. For their genuineness and alpine character the Lötschental wood masks became in the 20th century a cantonal and national trademark. As local souvenirs for tourists they now are export hits. The woodcarvers today create masks again for their own pleasure, thus for the sole aim of the carnival's parade. This return to the origin is linked to a considerable change of the custom. The “Tschäggättä” appear today also at night time which, in the past, was strictly forbidden. Under the masks hide not only single young men but every one wishing to be part of the wild hustle.

In order to keep up the impetuous crowd long enough, it also needs suitable food and drink: a particular carnival specialty in the Lötschental are the tasty "Chiächlini".