So here I was, Thursday afternoon, Ascension Day, where everyone is off in Switzerland, riding my bike through Bière on my way to Rolle, when I noticed a large field of cows wearing unusually large bells and making a large racket. Naturally, I stopped. It looked a lot like The Fête Desalps, a celebration that happens in September, where the cows are moved off the mountains and into the lower warmer areas for the winter. The Fête Desalps begins with positioning two of the largest cows against each other to butt heads for the title of "Queen of the Parade," who will be the cow to wear the fancy floral headdress.
As the cows waited in the pasture wearing their fancy bells, the entire scene looked very similar to the Fête Desalps, only this time the cows were heading into --ascending, if you will-- the High Alps for the summer. I guess Jesus wasn't the only ascension happening that day. The festivities are much smaller in scale than the autumn Fête, but none-the-less, the bells are worn by all cows and the headdress is given to a selected Queen.
"Does this floral hat make my butt look big?"
This Queen does not look too happy about her fancy set up. I stayed for a while and took some video. The cows were generally excited. I couldn't tell if they were happy or nervous or a little bit of both as they literally ran around the pasture, mingling excitedly. When I saw two of them head off each other, I nearly peed the chamois in my bike shorts. Suddenly the single rope fence didn't feel so protecting so I high-tailed it out of there. Enjoy the three-minute video of the cows waiting for their parade to begin.
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