Shaped by a variety of traditions and influenced by different urban centres in neighbouring cantons, the regions of Aargau have been highly successful at retaining their individual cultural features. Ancient customs have been preserved or revived and sometimes new ones have been created to boost a sense of identity. Examples are the Döttingen wine harvest celebration in the early 1950s, and the Feast of St. Cordula in Baden, around 1964. The young people's celebrations, especially popular in the west of the Canton, date from the 19th-century. "Chilbi," originally church dedication festivals, and carnivals have continued to this day in the Catholic regions, whereas processions and pilgrimages have often died out as a result of secularization. Towns, villages and societies have many festivals of more recent origin.
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The Rüeblimärt (carrot market)
The Rüeblimärt is generally considered the most beautiful market of the year. It is held annually on the first Wednesday of November, in the old town of Aarau. From half-past seven in the morning, the cantonal capital of Aargau is transformed into the capital of carrots. Every year, about 35,000 visitors come from far and wide to participate in this festival.
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Calendar of traditional events (Link only in German)