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The New Glarus Männerchor and Jodlerklub Presents Silvesterchlausen

 

January 12, 2023

Photo courtesy of Chrissie Koehler

New Glarus first celebrated Silversterchlausen in 2022. The performers wear costumes, called Groscht, which are nature-based and adored with bells to "ring in" the new year. Silversterchlausen songs are a specific type of yodel, called Zäuerli. Zäuerli have no words and are filled with improvised harmonies.

The New Glarus Männerchor and Jodlerklub, in partnership with the Swiss Center of North America, will be celebrating the centuries-old Swiss festival called Silvesterchlausen (sill-VEST-er klaas-en) on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Organizer Gregory Long is proud to bring this tradition back for its second year and share lesser-known Swiss customs with American audiences.

Silversterchlausen is an ancient New Year's celebration from Appenzell, Switzerland. It is a procession of costumed performers carrying large cowbells and yodeling, making stops throughout downtown New Glarus. New Glarus is proud to have the first group outside of Switzerland to celebrate this festive custom.

This free, outdoor, family-friendly event will begin at 2:00 p.m., at the Swiss Center of North America, 507 Durst Road, New Glarus. The procession will move throughout downtown New Glarus, stopping on street corners to perform. It will conclude at Tofflers Pub & Grill, 200 5th Avenue, New Glarus, with an evening of Swiss musical entertainment provided by D'Schwiizer Gruppe and the New Glarus Jodlerklub.

More information can be found at https://www.swisstown.com/events-ng/silvesterchlausen23.

About Männerchor and Jodlerklub

The New Glarus Männerchor and Jodlerklub choirs were founded in 1928. They perform traditional Swiss and German songs entertaining thousands of people ever year.

About the Swiss Center of North America

The Swiss Center of North America works to promote appreciation for and awareness of Swiss heritage, culture, and pride. The Swiss Center celebrates Swiss roots and works to make sure Swiss heritage does not disappear in North America. Collections include the 15,000-item Tritt Library and Archives, as well as donations of Swiss clothing, textiles, folk and fine art.

 
 

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