Carnival is a national tradition in most cantons of Switzerland. Various carnival events are organized in the cantons of Vaud, Valais, Fribourg and other locations in Switzerland with elaborate parades - most of them are characterized by wearing masks and performing rituals that are customary for each area.

Usually, traditional celebrations are also present, including food, drinks, local delicacies and crafts, Guggenmusik (costumed brass bands). And, especially for carnivals in Switzerland, there is always lots and lots of confetti!

In general, Carnival covers the period between Epiphany in early January and Shrovetide (3rd February to 9th March). Usually the first day is known as Jeudi Gras (Fat Thursday) and the last day as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), but many people have more than one Mardi Gras!

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19-21 February 2024

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The Basel Carnival is the largest carnival in Switzerland and the main Protestant carnival in the world, lasting three days when the city goes wild The largest carnival in Switzerland is so unique and of such exceptional quality that it appears on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


23-25 February 2024

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Carnival Venetian is one of the most amazing costume events outside of Venice! You will be delighted!


23-24 February 2024

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On Friday at 17:31, free glow wristbands will be distributed to get the party started! On Saturday, the parade starts at 15:01, and both evenings end with music and dancing


29 February - 3 March 2024

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1-3 March 2024

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1-4 March 2024

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The Murten Carnival always takes place on the first weekend of March and is an important social and economic event in the Lake Murten region and is highly valued throughout Switzerland.


8-10 March 2024

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On Friday night - cheese fondue (with pre-payment and reservation), on Saturday there will be a colourful parade and a confetti battle with the city confetti cannon.

February 20, 2024