RŠben-Chilbi

RŠben-Chilbi

Second Saturday in November
Every year on the second Saturday in November, the town of Richterswil, a picturesque town on Lake Zurich in Switzerland, celebrates a holiday named Räben-Chilbi. This holiday centers on a very common vegetable—the turnip.
Räben-Chilbi is the largest turnip festival in Europe. On this day, school classes and clubs prepare for the "Räbeliechtli" procession, for which displays made from carved turnips lit with candles make their way around town. Approximately 26 tons of turnips and 50,000 candles are used each year. This statistic earned the festival a place in the Guinness Book of Records in 1998.
The whole town is also decorated for the occasion. The carved turnips are on display in the windows of the homes and buildings along the route. In addition, a wide variety of music and entertainment are part of the celebrations.
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