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Pelzmartiga


On Christmas day (25.12.) and Newyears day (1.1.) the "Pelzmartiga" roam through the streets from noon until late in the evening. They gain acces to hotels and restaurants and their antics often frighten both children and adults.


Even before Christ, the Germanic tribes and the Celts held traditional ceremonies on the longest night of the year - December 21st /22nd . The traditional rites surrounding these days were known as "The Twelves" and the central characters were frightening animal portrayals. Whole groups of people would practise various folkloric customs to promote the forces for good and frighten off evil spirits.


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