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The "Glöcklerlauf" - A Procession of light and sound

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Sun 05 Jan 16:00 - 20:00

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The "Glöcklerlauf" - A Procession of light and sound

One of the most beautiful and eye-catching traditional events is the approximately Protected content Twelfth Night custom (*Rauhnächte) - the Ebensee Glöcklerlauf procession. Ebensee is the heart and the origin of this custom, leading it to win UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status in Protected content .

The idea behind the Glöcklerlauf is to attract the blessings of good spirits and drive away evil ones. Hundreds of Glöckler wear headgear weighing up to 20 kg, plus large bells attached to leather belts. These headgears are hand made and illuminated on the inside by large candles.

At 6 p.m. on the dot, a gun salute announces the start of the parade.

*) Rauhnächte, popular name for the nights before St. Thomas's Day (December 21), Christmas Eve, Silvester (New Year's Eve) and the night before January 6 (Epiphany). Rauhnächte also mark the turn of the year, they were believed to have mysterious influence on the future (animals were believed to talk, laundry was not to be left on the clothes-line overnight). People thought they could see into the future by fortune-telling and other oracular customs; by smoke (thus the name "Rau(c)hnächte" - nights of smoke) and by giving the cattle blessed fodder ("Maulgaben") they tried to avert bad fortune from their houses and farms.

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