Altjahrswoche und Ubersitz, Meiringen

Trychel Week and Ubersitz

25 – 30 December 2021

At the end of each year Meiringen celebrates an ancient custom: Trychel Week and the Ubersitz. Over a period of five days the villagers use masks, bells and giant Trycheln cow-bells to cast out haunting spirits.

In Meiringen, the traditional Trychel Week begins on the stroke of midnight on December 25. The Celtic ritual lasts until the second-last working day and ends with the Ubersitz. In the pre-Christian era, mountain dwellers were convinced that the dead came to haunt the living on those five long winter nights around the winter solstice. So they sought to keep the dead away from their villages with gruesome masks and cast them out of their valleys into the beyond with a great clamour. In the Haslital, that ritual is still celebrated to this day.

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