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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Krampus makes his way through town

If you're just on your way through Vienna or the outskirts, beware!
The Krampus is around and looks for bad boys and girls!

Krampus is a mythical creature. In Austria tradition has it, that Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.

Small children are indeed terrified by this creature - what a way to educate them!

In some areas Krampus comes in a group, means they are then called Perchten, as they are so ugly.
You will hear them from far away already with the noise of rusty chains and bells.

The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen).

But tomorrow the spook is over and we all wait for the next tradition: the visit of St. Nicolaus!
Be informed and log on again!

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