Krampus, helper to St. Nicholas
The day of this evil figure is December 5. In several places the devils are impressingly scary.
The inhabitants of the locality of Naturno in 2006 have founded a Krampus association. Young and old devils parade across the village the night before St. Nicholas’ day. Today this parade is rather amusing than scarying, as it has usually been in the past.
Once upon a time these devil have been used as educational method by means of which people tried to discipline particularly children.
The masks the devils wear in this evening are handmade and are tinkered with love and devotion. Sometimes they are even sold.
In other places which do not have a “Krampus” association, (usually male) adolescents dress up and daub their faces with soot, before they walk along the streets and alleys and are up to mischief. Enjoy the special scary atmosphere of December 5.