Geneva the Old Town festivities called L’Escalade

 

  L’Escalade,

or Fête de l’Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival in Geneva, Switzerland, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. Troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, attempted a surprise attack during the night of 11–12 December 1602, but according to legend, were repulsed by a cook who dumped boiling vegetable soup on the invaders before raising an alarm. The celebrations and other commemorative activities are usually held on 12 December or the closest weekend.

What is the chocolate tradition for the Fête de l’Escalade? Each year, the citizens of Geneva take part in the tradition of smashing a chocolate marmite (cauldron) decorated with the city’s colors — red and yellow, and its coat of arms. The cauldron is typically smashed on December 12, and there is a specific ritual that accompanies this process. Within a family household, for example, the youngest and the oldest join hands and recite the phrase, “Ainsi périrent (or périssent) les ennemis de la République,” — which translates to something like, “Thus perished (or perishes) the enemies of the Republic!” Then, they smash the chocolate cauldron with their clasped fists.

Here we did in Villa Ecureuil as a nice tradition. Well done girls and amazing Swiss chocolate 😉

Wellbeing: House dinner before Holidays.

Tonight it was a beautiful evening. The girls enjoyed a lot during our house dinner and some of them stayed till later talking and exchanging interesting stories from Christmas traditions, trips, holidays and differences-similarities within religion and customs. We are very lucky and privileged to be part of the CdL community. Thank you girls for being such a wonderful group of young ladies.

 

Gruyères

Gruyères is a medieval town in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. It’s known for production of the cheese of the same name. The 13th-century Château de Gruyères is a hilltop fortress with a multimedia history show and ornate rooms. Inside the small St. Germain Castle, the H.R. Giger Museum shows artwork relating to the film “Alien.”

Well being: Charity

Why volunteering and charity work matters

There are many people who say that they wouldn’t spare their time without monetary or tangible gain. Its demeaning, my time is precious are excuses often used. There are also many people who say that they wouldn’t donate to charities. There’s an old phrase saying that ‘no man or woman is an island’: everyone needs support and assistance at some point in their lives. In the hour of need, the power of human kindness will move individuals to freely give their time, donate money, clothes or other tangible items. Volunteering and charity work shows compassion and understanding, more importantly it’s a privilege  to be able to share what we have been blessed with and give something back.

A big thanks to Ecureuil girls for their commitment into charity and actions of kindness.