St. Nicholas arrival – Samichlaus Auszug
Beromünster is a small, lovely community in the canton of Lucerne, with a rich history dating back to the year 1223.
Samichlaus Day is celebrated December 6 throughout Switzerland, but on the first day of Advent, many municipalities in the central cantons celebrate what’s called Samichlausauszug – the arrival of St. Nicholas. With his impressive entourage and always accompanied by his donkey, Samichlaus walks through the lined streets, making little hearts beat faster.
Tradition has it that Samichlaus is accompanied by Trychler and Scheller (cow & other bell bearers), Chlöpfer (expert bull-whip bearers) and servants. In many communities it has been the custom for one-hundred or more years that Samichlaus hands out Christmas cakes, nuts, clementines and other treats.