Photo Gallery: Celebrating the New Year Swiss-Style
12/31/2012
Local Swiss men in the Alpine region of Appenzell don elaborate costumes to...
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Local Swiss men in the Alpine region of Appenzell don elaborate costumes to celebrate the New Year. They are called the Silvesterchläuse, or "New Year's Clauses." There are three kinds of costumes. The first, shown here, are die Schöne (the beautiful). They include women's dresses with white aprons and elaborate headgear.