Perchten Breitenbach
Perchten Breitenbach

Perchten Run

The traditional Perchtenlauf in Tyrol is aimed at banishing winter and evil winter spirits.

Every year in December awesome shapes walk across Tyrol and try to banish winter and its evil spirits. The so-called Perchten are similar to devils and their name probably derives from the legend figure "Perchta". According to another theory, the name derives from Epiphany. Perchten are no lone wolfs and usually occur in packs, which are called "Passen".

Boys who are dressed up wear weird masks as well as bells and clips round their waists, which should put to flight evil winter spirits. Moreover they beat the drums and make a noise. Often the Perchten walk from door to door and are also let in by the host. Before walking to the next door they thank with a noisy concert. According to tradition, this custom dates back to pagan times...

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