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Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas is a celebrated man. However, he is not celebrated all over Italy, but only in South Tyrol.

Along the South Tyrolean Wine Road there is a place in which Saint Nicholas is particularly celebrated. San Nicolò is a locality that belongs to Caldaro, and this village dedicates a huge celebration to Saint Nicholas, as well as his adversary, a devil-like figure (Krampus). While the devils rage and riot the evening before, Saint Nicholas is usually celebrated on December 6. Already in the morning, after the Holy Mass, drinks and home-made cakes are served. Solemn atmosphere included all over.

Also a farmers’ and handicraft market fills this day and some inner courtyards of the idyllic village. Around 2 pm Saint Nicholas comes to the village square to bless children and to bring them little presents. The visit of Saint Nicholas, in many localities is celebrated with a parade so that all children can see and admire Saint Nicholas. Also Holy Masses and devotions are celebrated to the honour of this man and actually this feast day is also a religious one.

Saint Nicholas was a bishop and is above all regarded as children’s patron saint. Many legends creep around his figure.

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