The name "Klöckeln" comes from "klocken", which means "to knock" in the Sarner dialect. The three “Klöckel”-nights are the Thursday evenings in Advent before the winter solstice. Groups of hooded men go from house to house with noise, roaring and bugle hooting to ask for gifts. They sing two songs, the “Klöckellied” and the “Danklied”, both based on an old traditional melody. Two men dressed as a married couple, the "Zussler", play a special role in the "Klöckel"-group. The origin of this strange custom is unknown. Some researchers suspect its roots to be in pre-Christian times. They associate it with the fertility beliefs of pagan ancestors. Others point to a Christian origin.
This custom always takes place on Thursday evenings during Advent on December 1 and 15, 2022
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