Switzerland

World Festivals
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope)

Vogel Gryff mural in Basel.
Duesi Wikimedia Commons

The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.

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World Festivals
9:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Beat The Devil To Prepare For St. Nick

Klausjagen, 2011. Men wearing Iffelen or Infuln, which are enormous, incredibly ornate paper / wood hats which resemble a cross between a bishop's mitre and a stained glass window.
Matthias Zepper Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, we'll learn about how folks prepare for the holidays by ridding their towns of evil. 

LA QUEMA DEL DIABLO

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World Festivals
2:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

In Switzerland, Competing To Be The Top Claus

Samnaun-Ravaisch, Switzerland
Wikimedia Commons

Did you think Santa Claus only delivered presents? Well, in Switzerland on the last weekend of November, would be Santa Clauses endure two grueling days of competition to find out who’s absolutely, positively the best Santa in the world. Now in its twelfth year, the Cla Wau event attracts participants from around the globe. The only requirement to enter is a Santa outfit, three co-conspirators, and an adventurous attitude.

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World Music
10:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

World Celebrations: Fighting Cows, Pierced Cheeks

Combats de reines, Switzerland
Christof Berger Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, cows battle in Switzerland, and there’s a “vegetarian” festival in Thailand that’s not for the squeamish.

Are the cows taking on the bulls in The Battle of The Queens?

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