Älplerchilbi and Sennenchilbi (Alpine fairs)

In many of the alpine farming regions in Central Switzerland, the end of the alpine summer is marked by harvest festivals. These events, which have religious roots, represent an important opportunity for the local community and the farming families from the surrounding area to get together.

They are most prevalent in the two cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden, where they are known as "Älplerchilbi", or alpine fairs. Here, the unmistakably local flavour of the fairs shines through in the sketches performed on the main square, which play on local events or poke fun at well-known local people. In the twentieth century, and especially in areas around Mount Rigi, variations of the celebration developed which placed more emphasis on the street procession and presenting and representing alpine life and alpine customs in general. These events are called "Sennenchilbi" or "Herdsmen's fairs" and attract up to 30,000 visitors from near and far. All alpine and herdsmen's fairs in Central Switzerland are run by clubs and associations. Often these organisations have arisen from associations that can chart centuries of history. The oldest herdsmen's association is the one in Schwyz, which was formed in 1575 and which held a fair on 19 October of the same year.


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Publications

Älplergesellschaft Engelberg (Ed.): Engelberg. Berge, Alpen - unser Leben. 100 Jahre Älplergesellschaft Engelberg, 350 Jahre Älplerbruderschaft Engelberg. Engelberg, 2001

Tony Gössi: 50 Jahre Sennen- und Älplergesellschaft Küssnacht. Küssnacht, 1980

Josef Niederberger: «...was Bruich und Ornig isch». Älplerchilbenen in Nidwalden. In: Wander-Revue no. 5, vol. 22. Bern, 2003, p. 12-15

Josef Odermatt: 200 Jahre Älplerbruderschaft Stans. Stans, 1977

Maria Schlegel: Älplerchilbi Stans. Andacht und Spott zum Erntedank. In: Feste im Alpenraum. Schweiz, Österreich, Deutschland, Italien, Frankreich. Zürich, 1997, p. 326-333

Sennengesellschaft Gersau (Ed.): 400 Jahre Sennenbruderschaft/Sennengesellschaft Gersau. Festschrift zum Jubiläum der Sennengesellschaft Gersau. Gersau, 1993

Egger, Lukas: Die Wilden. Ein Obwaldner Erntedankfest. Ein Film von Lukas Egger, produziert im Studiengang Film der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst. DVD, 25 Minuten. Zürich: Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, 2007

Camenzind, Otto: Festschrift 175 Jahre Älplerbruderschaft Alpnach 1834-2009. Alpnach, 2009

Hans Stadler-Planzer: Die Sennenbruderschaft Bürglen. Festschrift zum Vierhundertjahrjubiläum. Ed. Sennenbruderschaft Bürglen. Bürglen, 1993

Keywords

Autumn

 

Contact

Älplergesellschaft Alpnach
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Älplergesellschaft Hergiswil
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Sennengesellschaft Illgau
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Sennengesellschaft Weggis
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Sennengesellschaft Muotathal
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