Poya

A stroll through the tiny villages surrounding Gruyère will make you feel as if you have been transported to a scene straight out of a Disney movie.  The clanging of cowbells fills the air, and many of the chalets are heavily laden with not only red and pink geraniums and ornamental cowbells, but also enormous paintings called ¨poya¨.  ¨Poya¨ is a local term used for the ceremonial springtime ascent of the cows and their owners to the summer pastures, and this is exactly what the paintings depict.  Dating from as early as the 1800’s, the poya portray the wealth of the families on whose walls they hang.

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