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Living traditions

On Christmas Day (25 December) and on New Year's Day (1 January) the Pelzmartiga move through the village from noon until late in the evening. They mingle among the winter visitors at the resort and frighten the passers-by by rattling their chains and traditional cowbells, creating an ""unholy din"" in the truest sense of the term.

Even in pre-Christian times the Germanic tribes and Celts had customs marking the longest night of the year from 21 to 22 December. The associated customs were known as ""the twelve"" and had at their heart some terrifying animal figures. During these 12 nights, whole communities performed acts, taking highly diverse forms of expression, intended to promote the forces of good and drive away the terrifying forces which threatened them.