Krampus March In Austria

It’s nice to remember that people around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways. Check out last year’s edition of the annual Christmas parade (“Krampuslauf”) in Graz, Austria, filled with local color as Krampuses (German Santa Clauses) go on parade:

3 Comments on "Krampus March In Austria"

  1. Anonymous | Dec 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm |

    Sorry for nitpicking but the Krampus is not a “German Santa Clause”. Santa Clause (or Hl. Nikolaus in german) and Krampus are the good cop/bad cop of pre-christmas time. Nikolaus hands out the chocolates for the good deeds and the Krampus has his whip or stick for the bad deeds. There are of course numerous different variations on that theme throughout the alps but that is the basic setup 😉

    Nikolaus’ and Krampus’ day is 5th and 6th of december – in the german speaking regions the presents on christmas eve are supposedly brought by the “Christkind” (“baby christ”?), that is mostly depicted as a small angelic female, though. 

    Enough nitpicking. Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

  2. Anonymous | Dec 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm |

    Sorry for nitpicking but the Krampus is not a “German Santa Clause”. Santa Clause (or Hl. Nikolaus in german) and Krampus are the good cop/bad cop of pre-christmas time. Nikolaus hands out the chocolates for the good deeds and the Krampus has his whip or stick for the bad deeds. There are of course numerous different variations on that theme throughout the alps but that is the basic setup 😉

    Nikolaus’ and Krampus’ day is 5th and 6th of december – in the german speaking regions the presents on christmas eve are supposedly brought by the “Christkind” (“baby christ”?), that is mostly depicted as a small angelic female, though. 

    Enough nitpicking. Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

  3. 99prozent | Dec 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |

    Sorry for nitpicking but the Krampus is not a “German Santa Clause”. Santa Clause (or Hl. Nikolaus in german) and Krampus are the good cop/bad cop of pre-christmas time. Nikolaus hands out the chocolates for the good deeds and the Krampus has his whip or stick for the bad deeds. There are of course numerous different variations on that theme throughout the alps but that is the basic setup 😉

    Nikolaus’ and Krampus’ day is 5th and 6th of december – in the german speaking regions the presents on christmas eve are supposedly brought by the “Christkind” (“baby christ”?), that is mostly depicted as a small angelic female, though. 

    Enough nitpicking. Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

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