Krampus and Perchten Reign this Holiday Season!

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All over the world, except here in the United States Krampus, Perchten, witches, angels and St. Nick all run around together to celebrate the season.

You may remember for the last couple of Christmas’, Zombie Popcorn has kept you up-to-date on Krampus – including the Krampus songs that people have created.  If you don’t remember let me bring you up to speed. [singlepic id=943 w=320 h=240 float=right]

Krampus – is the untamed, shaggy spirit that accompanies St. Nicholas. Krampus acts in conjunction with Saint Nicholas; the latter gives gifts to good children, while the Krampus gives warnings and punishments to the bad children and adults.

This year, Zombie Popcorn is introducing the Perchten to this holiday celebration of spirits and demons.  Krampus and Perchten celebrations are not traditionally shared by same cultures but as we human populate the earth more – traditions start to cross boarders. These two traditions are no different. People everywhere, except here in the United States, are starting to combine these two ‘demons’, spirits and adding them to their Christmas celebrations.

Perchten are are wild pagan spirits widespread throughout the Austrian and Bavarian region. The appear alone or in groups, especially on three specific winter nights, called the “rough nights,” i.e. the night before St. Nicholas (December 6), before the winter solstice (December 22) and before Epiphany (January 6). They carry bells and other loud instruments to dispel the winter.

The holiday season has already started for many people, for example in Salzburg here are the events that they have planned for this season. [singlepic id=1447 w=320 h=240 float=right]

  • Nov. 27, 2010: Gnigl Krampus Run featuring 600 Krampusses, witches, St. Nicholas, angels, etc. (Route: Turnerstrasse, Linzerbundesstrasse, Schillinghofstrasse). 7-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 28, 2010: Krampus run by the Oberndorfer Schöffleut Pass in the Old City (from Toscaninihof to Alter Markt, Mozartplatz, Getreidegasse), 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 29, 2010: Krampus run by the Radecker Pass (through Getreidegasse), 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3, 2010: Krampus run by the Grödig Krampusses in the Old City (from Siegmund’s Gate through Getreidegasse), 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, 2010: Krampus run by the Barmstoana Perchten and Krampusses (in Linzer Gasse, right banks of the Old City), 5:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, 2010: Krampus run by the Salzburger Falkenpass (from the Festival Hall – Bürgerspitalplatz – Getreidegasse – Alter Markt – Sigmund Haffner Gasse – back to the Festival Hall), 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 8, 2010: Maxglan Krampus run (from Rochushof/Rochusgasse – Franz Huemer Strasse – Bräuhausstrasse to Stiegl’s Brauwelt), 7:00 p.m.
  • Here are some videos of this years celebration – enjoy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlucIywRBN0

    *photos of Krampus taken from Thomaperchten

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    Jason Bayless

    Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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