December 5, 2012 · 7:30 PM
Are you interested in attending a truly Swiss and centuries old annual procession?
“Klausjagen” is a truly Swiss annual traditional event in Küssnacht am Rigi, the largest and best known of its kind and attended by about 20,000 people (please find more information below).
Venue: Küssnacht am Rigi
Meeting point/time: 7:30 pm on platform 5 (main station Lucerne). The train to Küssnacht leaves at 7:40 pm.
Short description of the procession:
Whipcrackers noisily announce the arrival of the procession. The village of Küssnacht glows in the light of some two hundred large, transparent bishops' miters, which have been artfully designed, cut out of cardboard, assembled, and lit by a candle from within. Men and women who accompany St. Nicholas on his way through the village wear “Iffelen” (headdress) and are followed by a large group of people ringing bells, blowing horns and cracking whips.
The procession has its roots in pre-Christian pagan traditions. In 1733, Klausjagen was officially noted for the first time as it became outlawed. In the late 19th century, the custom was "Christianized", bishop's mitres appeared in the procession, and the church qualified the tradition as being in honour of Saint Nicholas.