Folklore, Volkskunde, Folclore
Swiss folklore is used to describe a collection of local stories, celebrations and customs of the alpine and sub-alpine peoples that occupy Switzerland. The country of Switzerland is made up of several distinct cultures including German, French, Italian as well as the Romansh speaking population of Graubünden. Each group brought their own folklore traditions with them.
Switzerland has always occupied a crossroads of Europe. While Switzerland has existed as an alliance and country since 1291, the Swiss as a culture and people existed well before this time. Before the Swiss, the region was occupied by Pagan and later Christian Germanic tribes which would become the Swiss. Before the Germanic peoples, the region was occupied by Roman and Gallo-Roman populations. Finally, before the Romans the Celtic Helvetii lived in what would become Switzerland. In addition to conquest, Switzerland has been a crossroad of Europe since at least the Roman Empire. Constant movement of cultures and ideas into Switzerland has created a rich and varied folklore tradition.
Take Part in the Swiss Story Hunt.
at the Swiss Festival 2016 - Open to all.
Look for the 13 story panels across the festival site.
Find the clues and fill them in on your Story Hunt sheet. (available at the festival)
5 winners each receive 1kg of Lindt chocolate
Read up on the legends and prepare
by following the 13 links.
Contact Us: for volunteering or further enquiries
Swiss Festival Inc. ABN 66 520 451 009