The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke!

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The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke in Zurich!

 

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

On Monday 24th April 2017 the Böögg stood innocently on his pyre in the middle of Sechselaeutenplatz as the crowd gathered round slowly but surely until the whole of the surrounding are was packed. There was hardly breathing space on this half day holiday in Zurich as the sun shone and the blue skies made for a perfect day out in town.

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

After the parades of the Guilds had taken place and at exactly 6pm, the pyre was lit. The crowd was transfixed as the bonfire began to take hold and the Böögg’s fate was sealed. What sort of Summer would the Böögg predict for 2017 – good or bad?

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

The crowd didn’t have to wait long to find the answer!

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

As the flames rose quickly towards his head where all the explosives for the infamous “bang” are kept, the Böögg turned quickly from white to black.

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

This all happened very quickly (particularly in comparison to last year’s event) and soon he was completely engulfed in flames!

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

Before long his head had caught light and a huge explosion could be heard ringing out as the fireworks exploded.

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

This all happened in just 9 minutes 56 seconds!

The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

The good news is that the Böögg’s forecast is for a very hot Summer and the bad news is that the Böögg is actually not very reliable! In any case, hopefully this time he is right and here’s to a long hot Summer in Zurich!

With thanks to Carmen Sirboiu who took all the photos on this page.

For more information you might like to see our previous post with photos of the processions of the guilds:

Sechseläuten and the Burning of the Böögg in Zurich

Or a few fun facts about the Böögg and Sechselaeuten here:

 

10 Facts about the Böögg and Sechselaeuten

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