Grenadiers of God (26.05. + 29.05.2016)

Has anyone not heard of the Lötschental Grenadiers of God? Along with the womenfolk in their brightly-coloured Lötschental traditional costumes they have been part of the solemn processions held on Christian holidays since time immemorial. A piece of living culture that is still celebrated today with love and a sense of honour and one that the locals are happy to share with visitors to the valley.

These "red soldiers" are a legacy from ancient soldiering days. For centuries many residents of the Lötschental have made a living for themselves in far-flung countries.

The men of the Lötschental were also active at the royal courts of Versailles and Naples - it is from there that the uniforms of the Grenadiers of God originate. The soldiers returned to their villages, brought their parade uniforms with them and wear them again at Christian festivals in honour of God.

 

Our tip!

Experience this living tradition at first-hand on 26 May 2016 at the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi or on 29 May 2016 at the procession of Benedictine Sunday. The processions take place in every village.

Program 26th of May 2016
Church service & procession (with Grenadiers of God):
Ferden 09:30am.
Kippel, Wiler and Blatten 10:00 am.

Parade Herrgottsgrenadiere:
in each villages at 02:00 pm

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