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

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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