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Traditional Start in the New Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The new year in Salzburg starts with a curious tradtion- the Glöcklerlauf:

In the night from the 5th to 6th January, the so called last Rauhnacht (the last of the Twelve Nights, that concludes Christmas) a procession takes place.

Men, dressed in white clothes, wearing belts with heavy bells and headdresses, that are lighted from inside out, wander the streets. They start their procession in the district Kleingmain at 7 pm. and walk to the city center of Salzburg, where the procession ends at about 9 pm.

In former times, the procession was believed to chase away the cold and darkness and invite light and warmth to come back. The men with their amazing, bright headpieces create a wonderful and mystical scenery that is worth seeing!

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