Charity Calendar – December 3, 2020

  • 03 December 2020
  • Barbora Košecová
Charity Calendar – December 3, 2020

Most Advent traditions make you feel all warm and fuzzy but there is one that rather send shiver down your spine. Did you already hear about Krampus?

Every year in early December, children in Austria get ready for St. Nicholas to visit them. If they’ve been good, he’ll reward them with treats. But if they’ve been bad, they’ll get something much worse than lump of coal – they’ll have to face Krampus.

Who’s Krampus, you ask? The Krampus is a scary creature, half-demon, half-goat who comes around every year on the night before the Feast of St. Nicholas (the evening of December 5), known as “Krampusnacht” or “Krampus Night” to chase naughty children and maybe even “drag them to hell”.

In many villages and towns, also Krampus parade, known as “Krampuslauf” (literally a “Krampus run”) takes place every December where people dressed as Krampus roam the streets to the loud noise of their bells to scare passers-by. Since the people inside the Krampus costumes are usually young men who can get pretty wild, many of the more organised clubs, who keep this tradition alive, delegate some older members to keep an eye on them. Some locations even order the Krampus costumes to be numbered so that onlookers have evidence of who may have stepped over the line. 🙂