Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley

Oldest Swiss carnival tradition, the marauding Tschäggättä of Lötschental – ghoulish figures in terrifying masks – may be its scariest too

  • In perhaps the oldest Swiss carnival, grotesque figures have been terrorising remote villages annually for centuries
  • Socially distanced festivities will go ahead this year despite coronavirus restrictions

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Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
Some of mask maker Michael Ebiner’s creations for the Tschäggättä festival, which is held annually in Switzerland’s Lötschental valley. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
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