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10/20/2011 05:33 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2011

Carving The Halloween Turnip In Switzerland

In Switzerland, they take the seasons very, very seriously.

Last week, the four-year-old comes home with a turnip in his school bag. Note: not a pumpkin. That would be Halloween, and that's just not Swiss. Accompanying said turnip was a note (in German), telling us (and we know who that is) that we have to carve the turnip into a turnip lantern. The children will then go on a Räebelichtli Umzug (Turnip Lantern Parade, obviously) with all the other children and parents from school.

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