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Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

I'm moving from the U.S. and practically all the children in school LOVE and look forward to Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. Regardless of their background, the kids are so excited to dress up and trick-or-treat for candy, get presents from Santa, give/receive valentines, and hunt for eggs with treasures inside...even children of first generation immigrants. What holidays are especially enjoyed by kids?

My children are extremely sad they will no longer have Halloween, but I told them there will be different holidays to enjoy...I just don't know what they are...help!
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

Depending which Kanton you're moving to, your kids will have Fasnacht, where they can also dress up
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I'm moving from the U.S. and practically all the children in school LOVE and look forward to Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. Regardless of their background, the kids are so excited to dress up and trick-or-treat for candy, get presents from Santa, give/receive valentines, and hunt for eggs with treasures inside...even children of first generation immigrants. What holidays are especially enjoyed by kids?

My children are extremely sad they will no longer have Halloween, but I told them there will be different holidays to enjoy...I just don't know what they are...help!
There are also 31 days in October, in Switzerland, too.
Hallowed evening, was a pagan festival, long before Americans discovered it.
Witches dance naked around fires in woodland clearings, in the dark of night - you and your children are welcome to join in.
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There are also 31 days in October, in Switzerland, too.


Where, exactly, in my post did I suggest that there are not 31 days in October in Switzerland? I am fully aware that the Catholic cantons began following the Gregorian calendar over 170 years before America, and would therefore have the same number of days.


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Hallowed evening, was a pagan festival, long before Americans discovered it.

Prions and Ardipithecus ramidus were "discovered" by Americans. Samhain was not. The Halloween traditions about which I write do not consist of gathering a stockpile for winter or expecting dead spirits to cross over into the world of the living to destroy crops.


My pre-schoolers look forward to dressing up, seeing others in the neighborhood dressed up in various spooky costumes, and getting an assortment of treats. It's just a once-a-year holiday of fun. I'm simply asking what holidays are enjoyed in Switzerland by young children. I don't expect an American tradition to be observed in a country that is not America.

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Witches dance naked around fires in woodland clearings, in the dark of night

EVERYone knows that witches no longer dance...they fly. And there are better ways to attract bats than a bonfire.


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you and your children are welcome to join in.
Thanks, but I prefer the company of someone who could pluck a pheasant if the need arises.
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

There's a big American community in our parts, and we do celebrate Halloween. Probably not as large scale as in the US, but the kids dress up and go ask for candies to the neighbours.
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Where, exactly, in my post did I suggest that there are not 31 days in October in Switzerland? I am fully aware that the Catholic cantons began following the Gregorian calendar over 170 years before America, and would therefore have the same number of days.





Prions and Ardipithecus ramidus were "discovered" by Americans. Samhain was not. The Halloween traditions about which I write do not consist of gathering a stockpile for winter or expecting dead spirits to cross over into the world of the living to destroy crops.


My pre-schoolers look forward to dressing up, seeing others in the neighborhood dressed up in various spooky costumes, and getting an assortment of treats. It's just a once-a-year holiday of fun. I'm simply asking what holidays are enjoyed in Switzerland by young children. I don't expect an American tradition to be observed in a country that is not America.


EVERYone knows that witches no longer dance...they fly. And there are better ways to attract bats than a bonfire.




Thanks, but I prefer the company of someone who could pluck a pheasant if the need arises.
Where, exactly did you think that children don't dress up in spooky costumes on October 31st - which also happens to be Halloween, here, too?

Switzerland being smaller than Texas, just means that their excesses and extravagances are diluted, here. Predominantly, it is mainly the bad habits that make it across the pond.


..... and concerning the last sentence, in the above quote, you can count me out - most people tell me that I'm not a pl pheasant plucker.

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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

fasnacht as mentioned above (timing depends on easter and canton).

1st of august (national day with lots of bonfires and fireworks) where even school kids are allowed to play with matches and lighters ,

depending on where you are there might be a number of local traditions that involve kids, dressing up etc.,

the xmas traditions are a bit different but still involve presents, so no worries there.

egg hunts are very popular on easter. depending on their age, they will enjoy rebaliachtliumzug (singing while carrying hollowed out beets with candles in them around town) i think to mark the beginning of winter (?), and the list goes on.

really, lots of fun activities they can get involved in and the other kids will enjoy explaining these things to the newcomers.

have fun!
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

I'd say - culturally - this place is even anti excess and extravagancies, tbh.

Halloween, kids I know and have went tric-o-treating last year by themselves, before with a grown up but people really do it in our neck of the woods.

The end of the school year is big here, costumes the entire class and a parade with a bit of amusement park fun the municipality takes care of.

Otherwise - lots of school trips, scouting, music and dance classes in our area, sports (parents organise themselves not school), camping and hanging in the woods, but no real Valentine, or much Easter fun going on, even Christmas is toned down compared to home, maybe the quality of toys will make up for it.

All the stereotypical festivities are organised by home and family, really, one can do it if you get a few kids together, organise it yourself. We throw pretty big bdays, ice cream parties, trips, cook and craft with kids..but holidays are toned down.
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

In our area some kids go out for Halloween dressed up but generally only to peoples houses they know. You could organise a party yourself.
In Geneva there is also Escalade which is the main time kids dress up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Escalade
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

Everyone here forgot the Oktoberfest in nearby Munich enjoyed by young and old
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

In our small town near Zürich, the kids celebrated "Schulsilvester" on the last day of school before the Winter Holydays. (Silvester = New Years Eve)
As early as 06:30 in the morning they went to Kindergarten armed with noise making stuff (whistles, pans and spoons, pan covers, rattlers etc) and then they marched together through the center of the town making as much noise as possible, to wake everybody up . Meanwhile, the bigger boys were bent on bigger mischief: throwing toilet paper rolls in the trees or cars and painting the railings with shaving foam...For this place... it was a true "orgy". Of course, being CH, everything was back to normal clean & quiet by 12:00 but it was fun while it lasted
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Re: Which Swiss holidays are enjoyed by kids?

And dont forget Rabeliechtli in November where the children make turnip/swede/pumpkin lanterns and go on a parade with them and sing songs.

http://swissfamilytaylor.blogspot.ch...umzug-but.html
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Everyone here forgot the Oktoberfest in nearby Munich enjoyed by young and old
if you want to take your kids to oktoberfest, all the locals do and it's great fun, go on a tuesday, tuesdays are family days and you get lots of discounts and family specials
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I'm moving from the U.S. and practically all the children in school LOVE and look forward to Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. Regardless of their background, the kids are so excited to dress up and trick-or-treat for candy, get presents from Santa, give/receive valentines, and hunt for eggs with treasures inside...even children of first generation immigrants. What holidays are especially enjoyed by kids?

My children are extremely sad they will no longer have Halloween, but I told them there will be different holidays to enjoy...I just don't know what they are...help!
Most of the holidays you mention are celebrated in Switzerland but not at the same scale as in the US.

It also depends a little on where you live, but it will always be on a much smaller scale than what you will be used to in America.

Things like easter egg hunts and Santa will certainly be possible if you're in an expat social circle that organizes such things (you can always organize it yourself but it would probably be more fun if more people were involved)!

Halloween definitely won't be as exciting, probably because the average Swiss person will be asleep when you're kids go knocking on their door (ok, exaggerating a little), but people are aware of it and it depends on which area/neighborhood you do it in.

Valentine's Day is quite low profile (in fact everything is low profile here), and more common among teenagers/young adults (not little kids!).

As for the local holidays, it depends which region you live in. The posters above have given a few good examples.

I want to also mention that the kinds of celebrations your kids participate in will depend on what kind of school they attend. If it's an international school, it's unlikely that they will be involved in Swiss festivals. If it's a local Swiss school, then they are more likely to be involved. The expat/native split in Switzerland is quite pronounced.
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I'm moving from the U.S. and practically all the children in school LOVE and look forward to Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. Regardless of their background, the kids are so excited to dress up and trick-or-treat for candy, get presents from Santa, give/receive valentines, and hunt for eggs with treasures inside...even children of first generation immigrants. What holidays are especially enjoyed by kids?

My children are extremely sad they will no longer have Halloween, but I told them there will be different holidays to enjoy...I just don't know what they are...help!

> Easter with chocolate eggs and chocolate hares, and real coloured eggs to be found is highly appreciated among kids
> as is 1st August with the fireworks
> not to Forget the Santa-Claus-Day (Samichlaus-Tag) on 6th December
> For Kids, THE day is Christmas Eve, when the presents are handed out, distributed by the ChristKind, a small Girl, acting when everybody is having the meal (the Samichlaus by then is enroute back to base in Northern Finland)
> Halloween finally is enroute UP in Zürich, since the government prohibited Schul-Sylvester and the teachers embraced Halloween as replacement

plus a dépendence in Zürich HB
http://www.zueri-wiesn.ch/

http://www.bauschaenzli.ch/pages/oktoberfest/home.php


here the Zürich Dépendence

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