When is National Snowman Burning Day?
March 20th is always National Snowman Burning Day.
Are there any other related holidays?
Spring: Spring Time runs from March 20th to June 20th.
What is this Snowman Burning Holiday for?
Snowman Burning Day is a festival to mark the end of winter and welcome spring. It's a way to celebrate the change of the seasons.
By March 20th most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. We say goodbye to the last icy snowman by helping it melt as we set it a fire and watch it burn. Many snowmen throughout the years have consisted of little more than used paper, wood, wire and paint; with much design effort put into the look of the cool snowman; then set on fire. Some traditions just burn the clothes off a snowman build of snow as participants watch it melt away.
Once the symbol of winter is gone, we know we're ready to pack away the winter coats and gloves and say hello to our shorts, tank tops and swimsuits.
This holiday is celebrated by the Swiss as well as the Americans. In some cultures, they use the burning patterns to determine the type of summer they will have. Zurich has rung in the spring with its traditional Sechseläuten (six bells) festivities, culminating with the symbolic burning of the Böögg snowman. "It took 12 minutes and nine seconds for the snowman's head – loaded with explosives – to blow up, forecasting a "moderate" summer." " According to tradition, the quicker the Böögg explodes, the better summer will be." "Over the past ten years, the average time for the Böögg to blow his top has been 14 minutes.
The Sechseläuten festival in its current form dates back to 1867.
It derives its name from the fact that at the spring equinox the bells of Zurich's main cathedral would toll vespers again at six o'clock to announce the end of the working day.
In winter time the working day lasted only until five o'clock due to early dusk. See SwissInfo.ch
Burning of the Böögg
The Sechseläuten (Zürich German: Sächsilüüte) is a traditional spring holiday in the Swiss city of Zürich celebrated in its current form since 1904. Following the parade of the Zünfte, the climax of the holiday is the burning of Winter in effigy, in the form of the Böögg, a figure of a snowman prepared with explosives. The custom of burning a ragdoll called Böögg predates the Sechseläuten. A Böögg (cognate to bogey) was originally a masked character doing mischief and frightening children during the carnival season.
Popular tradition has it that the time between the lighting of the pyre and the explosion of the Böögg`s head is indicative of the coming summer: a quick explosion promises a warm, sunny summer, a drawn-out burning a cold and rainy one. The shortest time on record is 5:07 minutes in 1974, and the longest in 2001 with 26:23. The latest explosion of the Böögg`s head (on 16 April 2007) took place 12:09 minutes after the pyre was lit, promising a medium warm summer.
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About The Snowman
A snowman is a human like snow sculpture. In occidental cultures and the northern hemisphere, snowmen are considered a symbol of Christmas and winter for many, and they often appear on Christmas cards.
According to old diaries and chronicles, the activity of building a snowman dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every
new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets.
The first snowman burning was held in 1971.
LSSU holds a Snowman Burning Day festival each year.
Burning snowman candles are traditional for this holiday as well.
How can I Celebrate National Snowman Burning Day?
- Build your own snowman and burn it! - This fun tradition is becoming more and more popular is the states that have lot's of snow. Those poor southern states just don't get to enjoy this holiday at all. Oh well~
- Have a Party! - Celebrate the change of the season because Spring is Here!
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite lighthouse.