The Fulehung (literally: Lazy Dog) is a folk festival in Thun (Bernese Oberland). Legend has it that this figure, then still called the Bajäggal (jester), was the court jester of Charles the Bold (Karl der Kühne), Duke of Burgundy and Luxemburg.
The brave men of Thun captured the Fulehung during the battle of Murten in 1476, but it was not until the early 18th century that the figure became the symbol of Thun's rifle association.
The Fulehung led quite a turbulent life in his early years: from being a favored figure one moment to getting abandoned the next. At one point, the elders of Thun thought he had a bad influence on the town's youths and threatened to dispense with him. In their opinion they had become too rebellious.
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It wasn't until much later that he became the permanent mascot of the cadets, responsible for law and order during shooting competitions (anything else but a lazy position) and the fool in a devils mask at the "Ausschiesset" of the cadets, the Fulehung Festival.
In the wee hours on Monday morning, armed with a bouquet of pig bladders and a wooden club, he chases young and old through the cobbled streets of the medieval town of Thun.
To sweeten the blasts he inflicts on spectators, which are considered an honour, he throws handfuls of candies into the excited crowd.
This is the only opportunity to see the Fulehung. He'll get into hiding after this event for the rest of the year.
Obere Hauptgasse 29
Entrance is free. Age minimum: 20
Here a fun show of the Suwarow-Cadets of Thun:
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