Culture and places of interest Fasnacht (carnival)

All year long, the community looks forward to the Fasnacht (carnival) celebrations held from “Schmutziger Donnerstag” (“Dirty Thursday”) through to Ash Wednesday. State of emergency in Flums! The carnival in the Sargans region can be described as a very traditional festival.

Customs and traditions

The “Butzi” carnival clowns disguise themselves with wooden masks and old rags; the uglier they look, the “prettier” they are.  The wooden masks are typical of the region; earthy, original, expressive, formidable, fearsome...

However, in the evening, prettily-dressed female figures make an appearance too. Carnival parties are celebrated in various restaurants throughout the Flums area. 

At midnight, the secret of the weird and wonderful “Butzi” is revealed. The carnival newspaper “d'Hächlä” is always eagerly anticipated as everyone wants to find out who is to be satirised on its pages and why.

On “Rosenmontag” (the Monday before Lent), the annual carnival parade takes place in Flums. This event attracts carnival musicians from all over Switzerland.

Free pass for anyone dressed in costume.

On “Schmutziger Donnerstag” (“Dirty Thursday”), people in costume can ride the Flumserberg cable cars and lifts free of charge.

Carnival on the mountain

In Flumserberg too, high spirits reign during the carnival. Along with costume parties, various carnival bands can be heard on the ski slopes and in the alpine huts and restaurants.

Costume contest

The Ski and Snowboard School Flumserberg holds a costume contest every “Dirty Thursday”. The funniest and most original costumes and disguises are awarded a prize.

Local carnival newspaper

“D'Hächla”, the local carnival newspaper, is available on the Saturday of carnival week from 18:00 in restaurants and on the Sunday at the Steinemann FotoKiosk in Tannenboden.

Carnival in Flums and Quarten

Traditional costume parties and carnival balls, carnival parades and bar parties all ensure a lively atmosphere in Flums and Quarten!