Traditions

ChAsteilet tradition

Especially in the canton of Bern, the end of the summer grazing season is celebrated with what is known as the "ChAsteilet". At the end of September, the Alp cheeses are divided among the owners of the cows. Since not all cheeses are of equal quality, lots are drawn to decide which cheese goes to whom. The cheese is divided in proportion to the milk produced by the cows of the respective owners during the summer. In many places, the ChAsteilet is also a cause for celebration and ends in a traditional festival, with music and a large party, and is an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike.

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