Räbechilbi aka Turnip Festival in Richterswil

Three years ago in November, I attended Räbechilbi, a traditional fall festival in Richterswil, a lovely village on the banks of Lake Zürich.

The festival can be traced back to the early 1920s and is held every second Saturday evening in November. The inhabitants of the village decorate the facades of their houses with turnip lanterns and there is also a parade of different constructions illuminated by hundreds of hollowed turnips. 

There is not much going on in Switzerland in November. Räbechilbi is one of few highlights of the low-season. This year’s edition of Räbechilbi will take place on 14th November 2015. If you’re nearby, go and visit Richterswil illuminated only by turnip lanterns.


11 thoughts on “Räbechilbi aka Turnip Festival in Richterswil

    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      It most certainly does! An interlude to the Christmas illumination that follows soon afterwards. 🙂


  1. tracycollins2016 says:

    Wow my mum lives in Pfaffikon and never mentioned this! Will have to visit and check it out! Love that they use turnips! Turnips are quite difficult to hollow out compared to pumpkins! Lot of work!

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    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Hehe, perhaps because we’re too focused on using pumpkins as lanterns. I completely agree with you – this is much better use of turnips! 🙂


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