Trais Fluors

Trais Fluors

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The story of the “Trais Fluors” (three flowers) tells how the local Engadin people almost lost their smile.

The first people who settled in the valley suffered from cold and hunger, and so a fairy called Flurina and her friends decided to help them by giving them three flowers. The first flower, with the name of “Pigna” (stove), was to protect them from the cold. The second one, “Vivanda” (food) stilled their hunger, while “Allegria” (happiness) brought a smile to their faces. However, it was not long before the species of weed called “Eifersucht” (jealousy) and “Habgier” (greed) took hold in the valley, and Flurina decided to take the magic flowers away again. While the valley dwellers nevertheless managed find sufficient food and drink to survive, they still mourned the loss of “happiness” – until in memory of the third flower gift they started using the word “Allegra” as a greeting, which once again brought a smile back to their faces.

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