"Silvesterchlausen" is an interesting winter celebration with agnostic roots, celebrated in a couple of towns in the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. "Silvesterchlausen" happens on New Years Eve 31 December and in addition on the Old New Year on January 13 Gregorian Calendar. All masques are generally men. The "lovely Clausen" wear lavishly finished ladies dresses, the "monstrous" ones shaggy twig coats and evil spirit masques, and the "revolting wonderful" or woodland nature spirits wear a blend of both. Every one of them convey ringers: The "Schelli" wear substantial dairy animals chimes the chimes weigh up to 30 kg/66 lbs: the "Schelli" bear them throughout the day, quit a requesting errand, though the "Rolli" or "Rollwieber" Rolli ladies wear littler "shot ringers" on two cowhide lashes in the front and back of their middle.
More often than not, the "Silversterchläuse" show up in gatherings of six; two "Rolli" and four "Schelli". Parade members are men as it were. Young ladies are permitted to take an interest in the kid's gathering. The "Silvesterchlause" meet in the small hours in the town squares of every town for a quiet contemplation before beginning their day. From that point onward, they meander from house to house where they construct a circle, shake their chimes and begin to sing an extraordinary warble called "Zauerli" which is one of a kind to this area. At that point they wish the occupants an upbeat and prosperous New Year by handshake before they proceed onward.