L’escalade – Geneva Tradition

Each year, in the canton of Geneva, we celebrate a tradition to mark an incredible triumph against an invasion on the city in 1602. The story reads that some of the people of Geneva fended of the attack by pouring cauldrons of hot soup from their windows onto the troops, causing them to retreat.

To celebrate this tradition, each year, the youngest and oldest person in each houselhold smash a chocolate ‘Marmite’ and recite the following sentence:

“Ainsi péerissent les ennemis de la République”


*Please click on the link above to see a video of the Léman boys ‘smashing the marmite’.