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[ZH] The Annual Sechseläuten thread [was Men in tights]

If anyone likes a bit of pomp and tradition, next monday in Zürich will be something for you. If your not keen on men in tights you could maybe just watch the snowmans head blowing off and then you'll know what kind of summer we are going to have.

Just google in sechselueten loads of background info and places to be.
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Re: Men in tights....................

I was just going to post something on this, except my version was going to be:

"If anyone wants to see a large number of innocent horses drugged up to the eyeballs in the name of tradition, Bellevue on Monday is the place to be...."

A bit different to the usual description of this event
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Re: Men in tights....................

I, as usual, will be avoiding the Böög like the plague.
It's a day off, FFS. Why would I want to go to Zurich on my day off!!?!
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Re: Men in tights....................

Bloody hell sorry i spoke
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Re: Men in tights....................

Hey Lob, you don't want to go to Zurich for a day? But haven't you read, it's the best city in the world hahahaha
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Re: Men in tights....................

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I, as usual, will be avoiding the Böög like the plague.
It's a day off, FFS. Why would I want to go to Zurich on my day off!!?!
So what is the deal with the "public holiday" with Sechslauten. This will be my 3rd one here and I still dont know if am entitled to time off etc...

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Zürcher Sechseläuten

For those people new to Zürich.

this Sunday and Monday the famous "Zürcher Sechseläuten" takes place in Zurich.
It is the annual traditional folk festival which puts an end to the winter season.

On Sunday 15th there will be a children procession starting at 2.30 pm at the beginning of the "Bahnhofstrasse" (Zurich Main Station).
On Monday 16th there will be a much bigger procession starting at 3 pm also at the begining of the "Bahnhofstrasse".
These processions will end at the "Sechseläutenplatz" next to the Bellevue. On Monday after the procession a huge snowman, the so-called "Böögg" will be burned down.
The burning begins exactly at 6 o'clock. That's why the whole festival is called "Sechseläuten" (translated: the bell tolls six).

Tradition says that by burning the Böögg we banish the winter season and ask the summer season to start.
The faster the Böögg burns the earlier the summer season starts and the longer it will last.
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Re: Zürcher Sechseläuten

Let's hope for a very slow-buring Böögg this year. I saw him go up in 2003, quick as anything and the hottest, most miserable summer on record.

(but watching him go up in explosions was kind of fun...)
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Old 11.04.2007, 15:58
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Re: Zürcher Sechseläuten

Try typing Böög on a reuters keyboard without the umlaut Boeoegg


As is the norm this time of year, books are being run on total time to burn
( prices may be obtained from your local money broker. No, not me )

2006 time was 10m 28sec

Guesses anyone ?
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Re: Zürcher Sechseläuten

For those expecting a holiday (half, full day) this one is only Zurich (City) I believe.

Sechseläuten means Six Hour Bells. So they set the snowman on fire at 1800. Do note that they have not kidnapped the Böögg yet this year
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For those expecting a holiday (half, full day) this one is only Zurich (City) I believe.

Sechseläuten means Six Hour Bells. So they set the snowman on fire at 1800. Do note that they have not kidnapped the Böögg yet this year

6 hour bells. . .
Thanks Lob

The holiday can also apply to those working outside Zh city whose business interest is within the city. . .

A few people I know working in finance but outside the city (like me) are given this day off. . . .

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Re: [ZH] The Annual Sechseläuten thread [was Men in tights]

This year it's all gone horribly wrong...

...this year summer has actually started before the fire has been lit. Was does this portend??
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Re: [ZH] The Annual Sechseläuten thread [was Men in tights]

Doesn't it mean bogey?
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Nah, it's those guys from Star Trek NG that want to assimilate everyone .
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Re: Men in tights....................

I don't get it either, to be honest. I looked it up on Kanton Zurich's web site and it is defined as a local holiday for Zurich city. But it also says the holiday is "nicht gesetzlich," which I am taking to mean your employer can grant you the day off should he choose, but is not legally bound to ??

in my case, we have to work normal hours because the stock exchange is open all day. We do, however, get a half day additional holiday for doing so.

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So what is the deal with the "public holiday" with Sechslauten. This will be my 3rd one here and I still dont know if am entitled to time off etc... I'm part of a two person team working standard hours, surrounded by outsourced call centre staff who work through public holidays (but get paid penalties).

I reside in Zurich Kreis 4, but work in Wallisellen (and previously Urdorf). I'm told vaguely that it is only a holiday for workers in central Zurich. Bloody confusing, like the silly shops closing at 4pm the day before a public holiday!
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This year it's all gone horribly wrong...

...this year summer has actually started before the fire has been lit. Was does this portend??
It looks like the fire won't even be needed ... just wait 10 minutes and the snowman will melt this year.
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This year it's all gone horribly wrong...

...this year summer has actually started before the fire has been lit. Was does this portend??
My thoughts exactly!
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Re: [ZH] The Annual Sechseläuten thread [was Men in tights]

Maybe the heat will set off the explosives, taking out the organisers with it We can dream...
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Sechseläuten means Six Hour Bells.
Yeah, but it's pronounced "säächséélüüte". Back when my knowledge of German and Swiss German was "in development", I understood it as "Sexy Leute". Somehow, that stuck. Aww yeah!
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Re: [ZH] The Annual Sechseläuten thread [was Men in tights]

A few of us newbie EFers are naive enough to have decided to meet up tomorrow to experience genuine swiss idiocy.

We're meeting up at 14-ish around HB/Central. If you're interested in joining, drop me a PM.
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