Swiss Traditions – Zibelemärit Bern’s Onion Market

Swiss Traditions – Zibelemärit Bern’s Onion Market

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Swiss Traditions –

Zibelemärit Bern’s Onion Market

 

Swiss Traditions – Zibelemärit Bern’s Onion Market

An interesting Swiss tradition is the Zibelemärit or Onion Market which takes place on the fourth Monday in November every year in Bern.

The whole of the Bundesplatz is taken over with this celebration and becomes a giant marketplace for onions! In addition lots of the restaurants and stalls sell onion soup, onion tarts and other onion delicacies – so this really is a super onion day!

 Zibelemärit Bern Switzerland

Farmers from miles around come to display their wares and there are hundreds of stalls with onions in all sorts of incarnations. You can buy plaited strings of onions, decorated onions, onion dolls, onion toys in fact almost “onion-everything”. Bern really turns into an onion city for the day with a light hearted and fun feel to it. It starts early though as everything gets going from 5 o’clock in the morning!

 Zibelemärit Bern Switzerland

It all harks back to a 14-day autumn market called Martinmas which was first held back in 1439, but it’s a tradition that is still reincarnated on the 4th Monday in  November every year. If you missed it this year, hopefully you will have enjoyed the photos by Carmen Sirboiu and mabe you can plan to visit next year?

 Zibelemärit Bern Switzerland

For more information please see Bern’s website here.

All photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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