On the Krampus parade in Obertraun on 5th of December at the market square the good St. Nicholases will meet more than 30 Krampus and Perchten.
A bit of history and tradition Whatwho is Krampus ?
"The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine region the Krampus is represented by an incubus in company of St Nicholas. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December and particularly in the evening of 5th of December and roam the streets frightening children (and adults) with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas also slight birching especially of young females by the Krampus is part of tradition." The present day Krampus costume consists of red wooden masks or Larve, black sheep's skin and horns. Considerable effort goes into the manufacture of the hand-crafted masks, as many younger adults in rural communities engage competitively in the Krampus events.
On the trail of Father Christmas
When it gets dark early in the afternoon, the festively decorated alleys and streets glow with pre-Christmas lights and the scent of oven-fresh Christmas biscuits fills the air, then, yes then it is Advent in the Salzkammergut. Time for a short holiday at the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt or in the picturesque Gosau Valley. Because only here, in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, is the true, unadulterated pre-Christmas season still to be found. Far away from kitsch and commercialism, always down-to-earth, sometimes rustic, sometimes unusual, but always authentic! Discover your own personal time-out, whether with your partner, with good friends or simply on your own! Experience the unique atmosphere of the pre-Christmas season in Hallstatt, Gosau, Bad Goisern & Obertraun and enjoy magical winter moments on the trail of Father Christmas. See you at the World Heritage in the Salzkammergut! Reda more...
The "Glöcklerlauf" is a time-honoured local tradition on 5th January. This is hardly surprising, as it is believed that the illuminated head decorations and the ringing of the bells bring good luck into the community in the coming year!