The famous Lötschental masks called Tschäggättä (Tschäggätta in the singular), are to be seen between the 2nd February (Catholic festival of Candlemas) and Ash Wednesday. For those who respect the old tradition, they should not be seen before midday (12 noon) nor after nightfall (19h).
Until the 2nd World War only young men and bachelors had the right to wear the Tschäggättä costumes, nowadays however young boys and married men are also allowed to wear them. Customs have also changed in so far as the Tschäggättä are almost only to be seen on Saturday afternoons during the period from «Feisten Frontag» until Ash Wednesday. This is because the young men don’t have the same freedom today, the majority having professional obligations. Furthermore the Tschäggättä are forbidden to appear on Sundays.