09 December 2010

Bern onion market

On the fourth Monday in November, the city of Bern holds a Zwiebel Markt. The festival dates back to the mid-19th Century. It only lasts for the day, with many booths set up throughout the city selling onions, produce, and crafts. As it grows dark, vendors sell confetti and small plastic squeaky hammers. Kids throw confetti at each other. Kids throw confetti at grown-ups. Grown-ups bonk the kids on the head with squeaky hammers. Grown-ups bonk each other on the head with squeaky hammers. It is an amazing amount of fun. We are still finding bits of confetti in our apartment and probably will be for a long time.

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