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Saint Nicholas and the Krampus

On the 5th and 6th of December, first the Krampus Day and then St. Nicholas Day are also celebrated along the Wine Road.

In some stories they merge, in others they are - correctly - depicted separately. We are talking about the Krampus, who is an independent figure whose history goes back to pre-Christian times, but who often accompanies St. Nicholas as a substitute for Servant Ruprecht. The fact is that the traditional ancient figures with their goat skins and the gloomy, elaborately carved masks impress every year anew.

Without a mask, black paint or soot on the face and horns replace the disguise of the "Tuifl" (devils). The tied around bells provide the necessary noise and were presumably intended to drive away the darkness or evil spirits in primeval times. Today, the Krampus processions, some with pyrotechnic effects, are celebrated in many villages in South Tyrol, also along the Wine Road. One day later, on the 6th of December, St. Nicholas appears and traditionally gives little gifts to the children.

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