• Sechseläuten (April) Every year, the guilds of Zürich and the general public celebrate their traditional spring festival. The celebrations start on Sunday with a colourful children’s procession. This is followed by the main festival on Monday: People in historical guild costumes, 500 horses, 28 marching bands, together with 50 carriages and coaches, parade through the city centre to Sechseläuten-Platz on Lake Zürich. There, at 6 p.m. a pile of wood, on which the “Böögg” – a symbolic snowman – sits enthroned, is set on fire. The quicker his head catches fire and explodes, the finer the summer should be.