Even though we are not at all close to Christmas, this creepy Austrian tradition is just too interesting not to share. I recently found out about a medieval tradition Austrians have on the 6th of December (Saint Nicolas) to keep children good before Christmas.
They arrange a parade where Krampus, known as Saint Nicholas’s evil assistant, comes to basically threaten children. Where Saint Nicolas brings gift and praise, Krampus is a different story. Krampus carries around a bag and stick and throws children who have been bad into the bag and beats them with the stick.
During this parade men dress up as Krampus in elaborate costumes made from sheepskin, horns, and scary masks. They often carry a whip made from a bunch of sticks tied together. Some go farther than others sporting woven knapsacks with smoke coming out or glowing eyes.
Krampus has become so popular that they have even made a fantasy film about it. To read more about Krampus click here!
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