Walser traditions revive in two moments between late November and early
December. On the first Advent Sunday at Macugnaga the so-called “Advent Crown”
is celebrated; the local children manufacture crowns using fir branches, on
which they set 4 red candles (symbol of the four Advents Sundays); then in
costume, they take them into the church for the benediction.
night between the 5th and the 6th of December is Sant
Nikolaus; the Saint, wearing a Bishop dress and accompanied by the “schmutzli”
passes from house to house; after having checked the presence of the “Advent
Crown”, he reads the children what the Great Book reports about their behaviour,
the mischiefs and the good deeds; then he gives them the gifts. The tradition
origin is ancient and comes from the North; thanks to the Walser Group it has
been revived after a period in which it was a little bit lost. Another Walser
moment bound to the Christmas feasts period is the “Luoskufest”, that is to say
the Horoscope Feast. Around a table with twelve upside down dishes as many
people dance to the accompaniment of the most traditional music. When the music
stops, everyone will take the closest dish and discover…..their future.