“Oh rhyme, rhyme, whose disc should this be?" This is the quaint Venosta Valley spoken melody as it occurs in the archaic ritual of launching burning discs
known as Scheibenschlagen. In the holiday region Silandro-Lasa, as in the rest of Venosta Valley, many of these pagan, later Christianized customs have been preserved up until today. Every first Sunday of Lent between Vezzano/Vetzan
and Malles/Mals, the traditional Scheibenschlagen takes place – Winter
is thereby expelled and love and fertility poetically evoked in a fire ritual.
In order for Spring
to show its blooming face, the demons of the cold and darkness must be expelled first. Wooden discs mounted on sticks are made to glow in an open fire. The red-hot slices
are then sent flying off into the wide valley accompanied by rhyming chants
. If the disc flew off easily and “flew well", then it will bring good luck. In the end, a witch made of straw, and a few meters tall, which symbolizes the Winter, is burned.