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Carnival

Sing and dance the winter away
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Carnival in Schwyz – a tradition for young and old alike.
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Cattle fairs

Farmers’ Sundays
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Cattle fairs combine agriculture, culture and tradition.
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Chilbi

A festival for everyone
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Autumn is the time for celebration. This is nowhere more evident than in the canton of Schwyz with the «Chilbi»: a harvest festival and autumn fair, complete with stands, thrilling rides and vintage carousels.
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Chlefelen

A custom during Lent
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Inhabitants of Central Switzerland cultivate the tradition of «Fastenchlefelen» still today. In some villages there are even contests.
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Church services with yodelling

Church services with music and yodelling
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Yodelling clubs in the canton of Schwyz are often invited to perform during church services to celebrate special feast days.
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Farmer’s festival

Highlight for customs and agriculture
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In earlier times, when the Alpine herdsmen descended to the valley in the autumn after spending the long summer months alone in the mountains, they not only brought the Alpine cheese and butter, but also celebrated.
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Folk music

More than tradition
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Many musicians from Schwyz have shaped Swiss folk music from the start, including famous names such as Martin Inderbitzin, Albert Bachmann, Rees Gwerder or Hugo Bigi.
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Greiflet

Expelling the evil spirits
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A procession of men cracking long two-handed whips (geislechlepfer) followed by a group of men ringing large cow bells (trychler) moves through the streets. Allegedly, the noise will scare away the evil spirits.
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Historical customs

Battle of Morgarten and Rütli rifle match
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The tradition of commemorating the fallen heroes in the Battle of Morgarten (November 15, 1315) is held every year. The riflemen’s association from Lucerne organises the Rütli rifle match on the Wednesday before Martinmas.
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Religious festivals

Pilgrimages and Day of Prayer
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Be it with local or cantonal pilgrimages or special pilgrimage feasts, several communities in the canton of Schwyz actively cultivate religious rituals still today, particularly in the monastery village of Einsiedeln.
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St. Nicholas

Feast of St. Nicholas
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Originally, this was a pagan custom in which people attempted to drive the winter spirits away with loud, noisy instruments. Later the Christian component was added, including the bishop’s mitre and St. Nicholas.
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Swiss wrestling

The sawdust arena
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Swiss wrestling is more than simply a wrestling match. This is where sport and folklore merge: Swiss folk music, yodel choirs, alphorn players and flag throwers are all present.
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Jazz Events

Spontaneous jam sessions, excellent concerts and performances by international stars bring jazz to the canton’s cellars, gardens and splendid castles.

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Freilichtspiele

The stage is simply brought outside for the open-air theatres. The feeling of summer combined with dramatic performances possesses an irresistible appeal.

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Klassikfestivals

Youth development programmes, themed weeks or tributes to performers: there are many reasons for classical festivals in the region, but they always guarantee high-quality acoustic treats for the visitors.

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