Already back in the 18th century, the “Chriesigloggä” (cherry bell) announced the start of the harvest on the Allmend – an area of communal orchards with countless cherry trees. When in June the large bell rang out at noon for the first time, the people of Zug knew that the cherries were now ripe and ready for picking. Armed with long wooden ladders and “Chriesihuttten” (baskets that were carried on the back), they rushed off to the Allmend to pick the sweetest and best fruit. Picking before the bell sounded was strictly forbidden and perpetrators were punished.
The custom fell into oblivion in the 20th century, only to be revived in 2009 in the form of a spectacular race through Zug’s Old Town. On the same day, the “Chriesimärt” (cherry market) opens on the Landsgemeindeplatz and runs for several weeks. On sale are numerous different and rare cherry varieties.
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