Switzerland is a country made famous for its dedication to keeping time accurately. The watches produced there are valued world-wide.
That said, another famous Swiss attribute is its work ethic.
People expect to have a job, save money, work hard, and that is all there is to it.
The city of Zurich exceptional work ethic is celebrated on the third Monday of April, Sechseläuten. This means literally “The ringing of the six o’clock bells”, referring to the fact that the workers of all the guilds could work an extra hour each day until autumn. Hurray!
Quoting from a magazine, Hello Switzerland, is this explanation:
“On the day itself, the bells are the cue for the ten-metre-high bonfire in Sechseläuntenplatz (plaza) to be set alight.
On the top of it is the Böögg, a giant snowman with a head full of explosives.
When the fire reaches his head and the head explodes, winter is officially over. Tradition says the sooner his head explodes, the better the summer will be.”
Take that, Punxutawney Phil.