Friday, January 13, 2012

01/13 - The good, the bad, the ugly


January 13th is the traditional New Year acc. to the Julian Calender. It was replaced in the year 1582 by the so called Gregorian Calender, with the date for New Year's Eve being December 31.

In a few villages of a part here in Switzerland where the people are protestants, there is still the tradition to start the New Year on January 13, villages like Urnäsch, Hundwil or Waldstatt. Another part of this tradition is that groups of masked guys wander through the village, ring their bells in front of the door of the houses to make the people come out and wish the people a happy new year.

They ring their bells which makes a sounds you can hear from far away and perform a typical kind of song, a special kind of yodel.

There are three different types of those dresses: the nice ones, the ugly ones (unfortunately I didn't see those) and the ones which look like forest and nature.

It's great that a few villages in this area still keep to this old tradition....

First there are some pix of the natur guys.... as you can see there are all ages, from kids to adults...

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The youngest...

The youngest...

The teenagers...

The teenagers...

The adults...

Artistical masks

Artistical masks

Artistically masks

The second group that I can show you, are the nice ones... they're wearing masks which look like a real face... all hand-made stuff... they have different kinds of bells and a big headdress which often shows typical scenes from everdays life...

After the good wishes for the new year to the house owner the guys get something to drink, in many cases something with alcohol for the adults, and then they move on to the next house...

Moving to the next house

The so called "Rollenweib" (one at the top and one at the end of the group)

Schellenchlaus

Schellenchlaus

Schellenchlaus

Schellenchlaus

Ringing the bells

Let´s make some noise

Yodeling


Something to drink

Everydayscenes on the hats

Everydayscenes on the hats

Everydayscenes on the hats

Everydayscenes on the hats



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