Summer is already here in Zermatt. Indeed today we had 29 degrees, which for the beginning of June is not bad at all. Don’t pack your jumpers away yet, since weather in the mountains can always change. Tomorrow is Corpus Christi and sees the annual procession around town to celebrate. Whilst the procession is a religious one, many different guilds are involved, and it makes for a colourful sight.
It starts in the church square. All the different groups and societies are present, and the heads of these march into the Gemeinde Haus to retrieve their own guild flags. Accompanied by the drummers and pipers dressed in elaborate powder blue and red, followed by the smartly turned out Zermatt brass band, the processions starts off with our priests, altar boys and the First Communion initiates in their white robes, followed by the Sankt Mauritius church choir.
The Mountain Guides, dressed as Edward Whymper would have been dressed; in ties, jackets and half trousers, carrying ropes and antique ice axes give a bit of rugged mountain romance to the parade, the military veterans present their bayonets. 30 or so women from the ‘Traegt’ guild, dressed in authentic Zermatt traditional costume follow on, surrounded by farm boys and girls in their skirts and elaborate hats.
We have the Zermatt youth club, and a more recent addition is a show of acceptance of the large Portuguese community. Flower girls and flags preceded each guild as they march through the town.